chy·​ron ˈkī-ˌrän How to pronounce chyron (audio)
: a caption superimposed over usually the lower part of a video image (as during a news broadcast)
I sometimes fantasize about spending the rest of my life studying them. CNN and Fox News would then have me on whenever there was a major hummingbird story. The chyron would identify me as "Christopher Buckley—Hummingbird Authority."Christopher Buckley

Examples of chyron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The month’s ordinary soundtrack — whispers gathering, phones pinging, the machine that produces vivid chyrons for breathless television broadcasts whirring to life — might have been muted, but that does not mean there has been nothing to hear. Rory Smith, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Over the next week, a relentless cable news-like chyron of must-dos and questions scrolled in my mind: Send out that book proposal. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 The chyron read: Twentieth Anniversary of Wén Rui Incident Commemorated in San Diego. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 On-screen graphic altered Connor Smith, a Fox News spokesperson, told USA TODAY in an email that the network did not air the chyron featured in the Instagram post. Nate Trela, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 Lyles particularly loved the story his mother told him about a family acquaintance who was watching television in August when a chyron flashed across the screen notifying viewers Lyles had won his third consecutive world championship in the 200. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 The network displayed a different chyron during its coverage of the shooting. Nate Trela, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 For Trump, the fear-and-anger script has never varied, even if the specific objects of his demonization come and go as quickly as the chyrons on Fox News. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 15 June 2023 Veterans of real networks’ election night coverage were consulted for everything from on-air chyrons to what could go wrong with news breaking so fast. Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History


after the Chyron Corporation, American manufacturer in the 1970's of a character-generating device that created such captions

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chyron was in 1990

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Cite this Entry

“Chyron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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