Definition of leading article in US English:

leading article

noun

British
  • The chief editorial or article in a newspaper.

    ‘your leading article is the most vitriolic piece of antitrade union bigotry I have read’
    • ‘However, in your leading article for Monday, April 28, you deplored, quite rightly, the high level of street violence in Bolton.’
    • ‘There was a leading article in a newspaper some time ago describing the plight of many Irish people who went to work in Britain in the fifties.’
    • ‘Our leading article in the same edition condemned the supermarket proposal and suggested that such a proposition would be better suited to a redeveloped Myrtle Walk.’
    • ‘In an unusually strident leading article, the newspaper said: ‘Civil liberties are eroding, and there is no evidence that the reason is anything more profound than fear and frustration.’’
    • ‘Where are the leading articles or news reports highlighting the insidious efforts of big business to obstruct the rational policies on energy, transport, food production and trade that we need so urgently?’
    • ‘Ultimately, this affects not only the content of leading articles but the way stories are angled and, by extension, those front-page headlines which sum up the paper's increasingly critical attitude towards Labour.’
    • ‘Just two newspapers carried leading articles about the figures.’
    • ‘Ask why unnamed government sources are continually allowed to plant unsubstantiated information in leading articles.’
    • ‘According to a leading article in one newspaper this week, the next fad could be ‘slow-baking, hand-kneading the old-fashioned way’.’
    • ‘We stand by our leading article.’
    • ‘In a leading article the Scotsman implored him to leave the country.’
    • ‘All the sports journalists are on strike and the editor has had to write the leading article on the back page.’
    • ‘I would like to take issue with one small, but misleading, sentence in your leading article on the pastoral reorganisation of the churches in York.’
    • ‘I commend your leading article about the Green Belt around York and the need for it to be preserved.’
    • ‘It is puzzling that directly following a weekend that saw a magnificent achievement by a young local girl at the World Athletics Championships you chose not to salute and trumpet that in your leading article on the front page.’
    • ‘Newspaper leading articles stressed the dangers of the insanitary conditions in the city.’
    • ‘In 1901 a leading article in the London Times reflected on the growing popularity of the motor-car.’
    • ‘Even the newspaper I worked for joined in the condemnation of the Social Services and wrote a leading article which demanded that the children be returned to their parents immediately.’
    • ‘But our leading article printed last Friday gave him ‘bottom marks’ for keeping the money he had saved through the system.’
    • ‘In your leading article of June 18 you say that the decision we take as a nation in relation to the next General Election ‘will dictate our political, European and world stance for years to come’.’

Pronunciation

leading article

/ˌlidɪŋ ˈɑrdəkəl//ˌlēdiNG ˈärdəkəl/