Word of the Day – Lede

By May 13, 2019 Word of the Day

Lede (noun) (US-Eng)

leed

The opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story. (British-Eng – Lead)

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

Example sentences

“The headline and the lede both had to be changed.”

Word of the Day – Ecumenical

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Ecumenical (adj) eek-yu-men-i-kal Representing a number of different Christian Churches. Late 16th century (in the sense ‘belonging to the universal Church’): via late Latin from Greek oikoumenikos from oikoumenē ‘the…

Word of the Day – Temperance

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Temperance (noun) temp-er-uns Abstinence from alcoholic drink. Middle English from Anglo-Norman French temperaunce, from Latin temperantia ‘moderation’, from temperare ‘restrain’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Juxtaposition

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Juxtaposition (noun) juk-sta-pos-ishun The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. Mid 19th century (earlier (Middle English) as juxtaposition): from French juxtaposer, from Latin…

Word of the Day – Sully

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Sully (verb) sul-ee Damage the purity or integrity of. Late 16th century perhaps from French souiller ‘to soil’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Vicarious

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Vicarious (adj) vik-air-ee-us Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person. Mid 17th century from Latin vicarius ‘substitute’ (see vicar) + -ous. (more…)

Word of the Day – Quotidian

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Quotidian (adj) kwot-id-ee-an Occurring every day. Middle English via Old French from Latin quotidianus, earlier cotidianus, from cotidie ‘daily’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Bacchanalia

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Bacchanalia (noun) bak-an-ay-lee-a 1. (historic) The Roman festival of Bacchus. 2. Drunken celebrations Late 16th century from Latin bacchanalia, neuter plural of the adjective bacchanalis (see (more…)

Word of the Day – Nitwit

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Nitwit (noun) (informal) nit-wit A silly or foolish person Early 20th century apparently from nit+ wit. (more…)

Word of the Day – Tinkle

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Tinkle (noun) tin-kl A light, clear ringing sound. (Br/Eng Informal) Urinate Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘tingle’): frequentative of obsolete tink ‘to chink or clink’, of imitative origin.…

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