by·​line | \ ˈbī-ˌlīn How to pronounce byline (audio) \

Definition of byline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a secondary line : sideline
2 : a line at the beginning of a news story, magazine article, or book giving the writer's name


bylined; bylining; bylines

Definition of byline (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to write (an article) under a byline

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Other Words from byline


byliner \ ˈbī-​ˌlī-​nər How to pronounce byline (audio) \ noun

Examples of byline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Tuesday, for example, online outlets extolled a speech Mr. Xi gave at a party seminar, while another piece explained the classical literary allusions used in an article under his byline in a Communist Party magazine. New York Times, "As Trump Clashes With Big Tech, China’s Censored Internet Takes His Side," 15 Jan. 2021 Two predictions: Shapiro has seen his last Politico byline, and mainstream-media editors will proceed with ever-greater caution in publishing conservative voices. Washington Post, "Politico’s revolt over Ben Shapiro guest-hosting Playbook went too far," 15 Jan. 2021 Playbook goes out to the country’s most active political junkies, and the Shapiro byline appeared to escape notice by no one. Washington Post, "Politico’s revolt over Ben Shapiro guest-hosting Playbook went too far," 15 Jan. 2021 Emma-Jo Morris, the New York Post's deputy politics editor and one of the two journalists with a byline on the stories about the laptop and its hard drive, documented the timeline in a tweet. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Twitter backs down and unlocks New York Post account after two-week standoff over Hunter Biden posts," 30 Oct. 2020 She is best known by her maiden name and byline, Ida B. Wells. oregonlive, "Ida B. Wells-Barnett chosen as new namesake for SW Portland’s Wilson High School," 15 Jan. 2021 Elrick's byline has been plastered across various outlets in Detroit, including Fox 2 Detroit, WDIV (Channel 4) and WJR-760 AM. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Free Press reporter ML Elrick takes buyout, announces run for Detroit City Council," 14 Jan. 2021 Her byline was eventually changed to Jeannie Morris. New York Times, "Jeannie Morris, Trailblazing Chicago Sportscaster, Dies at 85," 24 Dec. 2020 The aspects of the story have since been called into question, and back-to-back reporting claimed that New York Post insiders were skeptical of the story, so much so that one reporter allegedly refused to have his byline appear on the article. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Biden calls reporter a 'one-horse pony' as he pledges not to interfere in Hunter inquiry," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of byline


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1938, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2021

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“Byline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of byline

: a line at the beginning of a newspaper or magazine article that gives the writer's name

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