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.

Recent Examples on the Web

First launched back in October 2017, Fenty Beauty celebrated its first birthday with an Allure cover story and a collection of love letters from fans. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Buy from Fenty Beauty's Black Friday Sale," 23 Nov. 2018 In May 2001, Discover’s cover story asked exactly that, exploring unanswered questions about the psychological perils of humans crammed together and flung through space. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "Want to be a Mars Astronaut? You'll Need the Proper Mindset," 16 Oct. 2018 That struck me while reading Whitney Eulich’s cover story this week from Puerto Rico. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Finding the good beyond the crisis," 13 May 2018 Magazines cover stories on the ethics of meddling with Mother Nature. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 Examinations of the role of privilege in American life are everywhere, from major, award-winning magazine cover stories to celebrity social media posts. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How an intern’s “money diary” became the latest flashpoint in the conversation about privilege," 26 July 2018 The cover story, Tess Holliday’s Health Is None of Your Business, by writer Ashley C. Ford, is an awesome conversation between two smart women who talk about, among other things, concern trolls, mental health, and accessible fashion. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "The Weight Issue: A Letter from the Editor," 25 June 2018 In 2016, Blake Shelton filed a defamation lawsuit against the publication for a 2015 cover story that claimed Shelton had a drinking problem, USA Today reports. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Shuts Down Tabloid Report About Alleged Joanna Gaines Feud," 20 Nov. 2018 In this July 2008 cover story, Tom Verducci peels back the curtain on Lincecum's success. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Yankees' Greatest Need, Unlikely All-Stars and Midsummer Classic Changes," 11 June 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cover story was in 1948

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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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