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

Examples of byline in a Sentence

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Elizabeth Liberatore’s byline was omitted from a Mansion article Friday about the food and cultural scene in Scottsdale, Ariz. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 14 Apr. 2019 That fall, articles reflecting FinCEN’s complaints began appearing under Mr. Leopold’s byline. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Treasury Official Accused of Leaks Is a Trump Supporter Who Feuded With Another Unit," 25 Oct. 2018 Syndicated radio host Dana Loesch questioned if Farrow -- who helped launch the #MeToo movement with his reporting on disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein – was given a byline to add credibility to the report. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Critics condemn New Yorker over uncorroborated Kavanaugh story: 'Lazy at best, slimy at worst'," 24 Sep. 2018 Readers who pay careful attention may have noticed a new byline attached to an article yesterday. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Please join us in welcoming Ars’ newest contributor, Jennifer Ouellette," 16 Aug. 2018 Hemingway stayed too, taking up with Mary Welsh, a pretty young journalist with bylines for Time and the Daily Express. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 His Role Hazard is a winger by trade, but is far from a classic byline speedster like Leroy Sane., "A New Galactico: How Eden Hazard Could Fit in at Real Madrid," 10 Jan. 2018 Gray was brought down on the byline by a clumsy challenge from Dummet, who was having a half to forget., "Watford 2-1 Newcastle United: Hornets Hang On to Secure Premier League Status for Another Season," 5 May 2018 Sun-Times editor Chris Fusco apologized for the error, as did columnist Neil Steinberg, whose byline was on the piece. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Media / Whoa / News The Sun-Times published a pre-death obituary for Karen Lewis. What’s wrong with that?," 9 Jan. 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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