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What Is a Lede?



At its simplest, lede can be seen as an odd spelling of "lead"- what is the lead/lede of your story? What is the main (first) paragraph? This is your "lede." The quirky spelling comes from early printers, who needed to distinguish it from other, similar words such as lead (the metal). This word is most common in newspaper publishing, but can also be used in the magazine industry.

Also Known As: lead
Alternate Spellings: lead
The editor sent my article back and asked me to work on the lede.

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