Meaning of lede in English:


(also lead)

Pronunciation /liːd/


  • The opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story.

    ‘the lede has been rewritten and the headline changed’
    • ‘Give me the paragraph; give me the lede.’
    • ‘You gotta hook your reader with the lede to keep him reading.’
    • ‘Just underneath the lede was a Tokyo dateline analysis story with a very different angle.’
    • ‘The story's lede alleges that Gen Yers are "young, smart, brash."’
    • ‘Some say the ending is the second most important paragraph after the lede.’
    • ‘In his lede, Simon explains that presidential nominees once avoided the political conventions that picked them.’
    • ‘The Post's arresting lede indicates the U.S. government might have a good idea of the provenance of the forged documents:’
    • ‘You are taught that if you say something in your lede, you need to back it up.’
    • ‘A dull lede will ensure that whatever else you have to say will be worthless because it won't be read by someone who has skipped on to the next offering.’
    • ‘You have to read 2,600 words beyond the lede before you're offered his self-defense.’


    bury the lede
    • Fail to emphasize the most important part of a story or account.

      ‘one should always listen carefully to the president, as he has a tendency to bury the lede’
      • ‘They buried another interesting lede in the article, which is that the share of income median families must devote to home ownership is the HIGHEST it's been since 1989.’
      • ‘Usually burying the lede 15 paragraphs in will be enough to ensure that most readers never see them.’
      • ‘The problem with this piece is a classic case of burying the lede.’
      • ‘"Reuters buried the lede," said my source.’
      • ‘Fair as the column is, Kondracke buried the lede.’
      • ‘Don't bury the lede and don't pile on when updating.’
      • ‘I understand that for those of you who are most concerned with the political aspects of this story, this may not amount to burying the lede.’
      • ‘That paragraph also buries the lede a bit, since we skipped right over a glowing projection for Yu Darvish.’
      • ‘Predictably, the editors buried the lede on this story, literally pushing the most damning revelations down to the last four grafs.’
      • ‘There's a few covers out there which manage to make these precious songs vibrant and new without sullying their reputation or burying the lede.’


1950s alteration of lead, first used in instructions to printers, in order to distinguish the word from text to be printed.