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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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Few cover teases caused so much attention as Rolling Stone's legendary headline for its Jim Morrison cover story in the Sept. 17, 1981, issue. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "He's been dead for 30 years. But he's coming in concert to South Florida," 10 July 2018 On the surface, Ann Scott Tyson’s cover story this week is about the surge of veterans who are trying to change the tone in Washington. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "How to change Washington," 27 May 2018 But technically they are not supposed to have journalist cover stories. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Journalist Ronan Farrow on Recode Decode," 4 May 2018 The Trump Tower meeting alone required three different cover stories over the course of two days as the truth dribbled out. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 That cover story was sent to Cohen in advance, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Sarah Ellison,, "National Enquirer allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing during campaign," 21 June 2018 Back then, our artistic challenges tended to be how to breathe new life into yet another cut-your-own-Christmas-tree cover story. John Kelly, Washington Post, "An unnerving Father’s Day gift has left me pondering portraiture — and the soul," 18 June 2018 And yet, there is the monumental asterisk of Peng Jie in this week’s cover story by Michael Holtz. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "The costs of liberty," 15 June 2018 Later, an Entertainment Weekly cover story would reveal this may have partially been due to its arrangement with Paramount—while CBS had the rights to develop new series, there was reportedly an embargo on such a series appearing. Sam Ferguson, Ars Technica, "A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger than ever," 19 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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

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