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by·​line ˈbī-ˌlīn How to pronounce byline (audio)
: a secondary line : sideline
: a line at the beginning of a news story, magazine article, or book giving the writer's name


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bylined; bylining; bylines

transitive verb

: to write (an article) under a byline
byliner noun

Examples of byline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Tanya Edwards is an award-winning writer and editor with bylines at Better Homes & Gardens and other publications. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2023 Readers may know his byline from a number of stories on anything from comic books to hip-hop dance to TV fairy tales. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The third crucial figure of Reid’s book is Mobutu, who was a soldier before transitioning to journalism in the mid-nineteen-fifties; Lumumba befriended him after coming to know his byline. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Her goal was to parlay her bylines to a writing career in New York City media. Taylor Lorenz, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 Her bylines have also appeared in CNNStyle, WhoWhatWear, Refinery29, PAPER, Fashionista, InStyle, ELLE, and more. Allure, 30 Oct. 2023 In addition to hundreds of bylines for publications like BHG, Real Simple, The Spruce, Apartment Therapy, and Forbes Home, Barbara is also a novelist. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Sep. 2023 Still, Allison soon landed bylines at national outlets like Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. Taylor Lorenz, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 Here's When ‘Ahsoka’ Is Set in Star Wars History Evan Romano Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 6 Sep. 2023
She’s bylined for The Cut, InStyle, Allure, Business of Fashion, Nylon, Essence, Good Housekeeping, The Grio, and Huffington Post. ELLE, 8 Sep. 2023 With 1,000+ bylined pieces, her award-winning work not only has appeared in PEOPLE but the Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, the Today Show digital, and O magazine as well. Alexandra Rockey Fleming, Peoplemag, 9 June 2023 His team, who are bylined by first name only, ask the questions. Luke Johnson, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2023 In June 2017, Cole, Esposito, and two other reporters co-bylined an article that revealed Russian attempts to hack U.S. election infrastructure before the 2016 presidential election. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of byline was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Byline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a line at the head of a newspaper or magazine article giving the writer's name

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