cover story


Definition of cover story 

: a story accompanying a magazine-cover illustration

Examples of cover story in a Sentence

The magazine recently did a cover story on diabetes.

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Virginia Thomas sounded many of the same notes in her People magazine cover story, published in November 1991. Anna North, Vox, "In 1991, Virginia Thomas defended her husband. Now Brett Kavanaugh’s wife is doing the same.," 25 Sep. 2018 Here are a few of the highlights from her cover story — and don't forget to pick up an issue on newsstands September 18! Stacia Affelt, Redbook, "Lauren Conrad Addresses the Biggest Misconception People Have About Her," 12 Sep. 2018 When Popular Mechanics published our cover story debunking 9/11 myths back in March 2005, the editors also tackled the conspiracy theories about the attack on the Pentagon. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the Myths About the 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon," 10 Sep. 2018 Read the cover story & see all the photos at the link in bio. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott GQ photo shoot slammed as 'cheap rip-off'," 19 July 2018 Read the cover story & see all the photos at the link in bio. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Bare Butt in First Magazine Cover With Travis Scott," 17 July 2018 Aguilera, 37, says of the time in Billboard‘s June cover story. Jordan Runtagh,, "Why Christina Aguilera Says She’ll Never Do 'Churning Hamster Wheel' The Voice Again," 3 May 2018 Architectural Digest releases the most drool-worthy cover story of the duo's Bel-Air home together. Sarah Weldon, Cosmopolitan, "A Definitive Timeline of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's Relationship," 16 Feb. 2018 From cover stories in the Saturday Evening Post to Mickey Mouse cartoons and board games, the new airmail service captured the imagination of the American public. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "Delivering the Mail Was Once One of the Riskiest Jobs in America," 18 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cover story

: an important story or article that is the main subject shown on the cover of a magazine

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