by·line | \ˈbī-ˌlīn \

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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byliner \-ˌlī-nər \ noun

Examples of byline in a Sentence

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Men are paid more, deliver more TV reports, spend more time on camera, write more op-eds and reviews, get more front-page bylines, and are quoted more often than women. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Male Echo Chamber of Political Twitter," 26 June 2018 In the next day's paper, Dawn's byline graced the top of her brother's obituary. Greg Burton, azcentral, "Threats and attacks on journalists aren't rare. They also don't deter us.," 30 June 2018 The first of Joann’s many, many bylines appeared in the Journal during her 1969 internship with the paper. Matt Murray, WSJ, "Honoring Joann Lublin: Recipient of the 2018 Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award," 26 June 2018 The pacey winger likes to hit the byline and whip crosses into the box for either Patrick Bamford, or Britt Assombalonga to latch onto, providing Boro with a vast amount of joy., "What Aston Villa Must Do to Beat Middlesbrough & Qualify for Championship Playoff Final," 10 May 2018 Before she was fired, Katz was a byline on many of the magazine’s stories about what was going on at its own parent company., "Newsweek fires top editors and a reporter who were probing the website's parent," 6 Feb. 2018 Two reporters at the meeting shared the byline with a third journalist. Catherine Herridge, Fox News, "Manafort filing unmasks DOJ meeting with AP reporters, questions if 'grand jury secrecy' violated," 9 July 2018 Winters, for one, worked far ahead, so her byline will continue to appear for a while. Jean Marbella,, "Capital Gazette shooting: How a quiet day in the newsroom was shattered," 1 July 2018 In some editions Tuesday, the last name of reporter Rebecca Ballhaus was misspelled as Balhaus in the byline of a Page One article about U.S. immigration policy. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 27 June 2018

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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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The first known use of byline was in 1916

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

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