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

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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 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

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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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