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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His last byline on the News-Press website is dated April 30. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Santa Barbara News-Press owner compares COVID restrictions to Nazi Germany; editor exits," 3 May 2020 Her byline can be found in The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Recorder, The Ball State Daily News, Black Press USA, Indiana Minority Business Magazine, Hope For Women Magazine and Ball Bearings Magazine. ProPublica, "Meet ProPublica’s 2020 Diversity Scholarship Recipients," 20 Apr. 2020 Say a prayer, dear reader, for the vehicles behind the bylines and datelines at The Times. Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "An Office With 128,000 Miles," 1 Mar. 2020 This version—the result of years of work by John Becker and Megan Scott, the newest generation to be added to the cookbook’s byline—brings the grande dame of the kitchen bookshelf definitively into the now. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Cookbooks of 2019," 9 Dec. 2019 His byline has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and The Atlantic. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Best-selling author Thomas Mallon’s books on JFK, Bush 43 are coming back as Vintage trade paperbacks," 27 Feb. 2020 Last week, his byline appeared atop a 600-word article about an audio recording from 2015 of Mr. Bloomberg praising stop-and-frisk policing. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Bloomberg News’s Dilemma: How to Cover a Boss Seeking the Presidency," 17 Feb. 2020 For example, Franklin was a sometimes vegetarian who wrote newspaper columns under the gender-bending byline of Silence Dogood. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Franklin & Washington' an engaging history of the duo that launched America," 12 Feb. 2020 His byline appeared on the 1988 exclusive on sprinter Ben Johnson’s steroid disqualification from the Olympics and also the Pete Rose gambling scandal. Tim Layden,, "Tess Johnson's Rise to the Olympic Team at 17 Is a Story Her Grandfather Would Have Written," 7 Feb. 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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30 May 2020

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“Byline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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