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

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The byline for Rico Gagliano was incorrectly omitted from an Off Duty article Saturday about day trips from Los Angeles. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 6 Aug. 2018 But Jarrod Agen, his communications director, tweeted that Pence always puts his byline on opinion pieces. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "New York Times op-ed sparks denials from Trump staff: A list of officials claiming they're not the author," 7 Sep. 2018 The company also agreed to put her on magazine covers and publish articles under her byline. Nicole Hong And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer Publisher, Granted Immunity in Michael Cohen Case," 24 Aug. 2018 Livid with Gellhorn for choosing her work yet again, Hemingway offered his byline to Collier’s. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 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

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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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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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