Definition of leading light in English:

leading light

noun

  • A person who is prominent or influential in a particular field or organization.

    ‘Glass is one of the leading lights in modern music’
    • ‘Here, but a handful of years later, their shift into one of the leading lights of modern jazz has been marked final.’
    • ‘These young stars will move on to be part of an album, which will be put together by leading lights from the music industry.’
    • ‘In the last 15 years Scotland has been a leading light in the field of public art and public sculpture.’
    • ‘Damage ensued and some local leading lights offered the sum of four pounds and a shilling for repairs.’
    • ‘The book features rich, critical depictions of today's leading lights, and the luminaries fare worse than the nerds.’
    • ‘Your country is a leading light to be enjoyed by many and your people should be proud of their origin!’
    • ‘It is certainly a good description of the views of the leading lights, including Franklin, Washington, Adams and Jefferson.’
    • ‘Dutch painters like Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens have been adopted as honorary Englishmen, partly because they painted so many portraits of our leading lights.’
    • ‘The four-hour-long mega event will feature the leading lights of Malayalam cinema, music and literature.’
    • ‘Everyone would have to admit that Graham proved himself a leading light on the field of play.’
    • ‘The silver-haired diplomat was considered one of the leading lights of the UN and a potential candidate to become secretary general.’
    • ‘He is probably the leading light in the field of Australian improvised music.’
    • ‘He was an organic chemist, and this was his first exposure to a community of biologists, one that included many of the leading lights in the field.’
    • ‘It is a bold step, but one forced on players - at least the leading lights in hurling and football - by the dismissiveness of officialdom for years.’
    • ‘Film lovers have been treated to two weeks of premieres, classics of the past and special guest appearances by leading lights of the film world.’
    • ‘He remains something of a performer himself, a leading light in the folk music movement who only succumbed to car ownership to transport his band to gigs.’
    • ‘A businessman who was a leading light in Manchester's city living boom has been disqualified from being a company director.’
    • ‘The first legislative elections in December threw out the sitting candidates, notably the leading lights of the Fourth Republic, and savaged the left.’
    • ‘One of the leading lights in British jazz will be performing at the Platform in Morecambe on Saturday.’
    • ‘He was fêted by bankers, politicians and the leading lights of the entertainment industry, who saw him as the Napoleon of the new economy.’
    celebrity, famous person, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, mogul, giant, great, master, king, guru
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Pronunciation

leading light

/ˌlidɪŋ ˈlaɪt//ˌlēdiNG ˈlīt/