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 His byline has appeared in such publications as Retraction Watch, Scientific American, Popular Science and Medscape. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Lauro warned his brother against putting his byline on the story. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 Not counting a clutch of letters and two poems, the Carvalho essay is her seventy-eighth byline in our pages. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, 19 Feb. 2022 In 1978, Black reporter Maida Odom wrote a feature story that ended up with an editor’s byline on it instead of hers. Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2022 The byline for reporter James Fanelli was omitted in a U.S. News article on Saturday about the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell in some editions. WSJ, 19 Dec. 2021 Wouk Almino should be a familiar byline to anyone who’s read Image. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Two of the biggest names in their respective fields not only share a cause, but a byline. CBS News, 3 Mar. 2022 Each article features a byline that includes the name, a brief description, and a link to more information about those who contributed to that piece. Travel + Leisure, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Byline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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