head·​er | \ ˈhe-dər How to pronounce header (audio) \

Definition of header

1 : one that removes heads especially : a grain-harvesting machine that cuts off the grain heads and elevates them to a wagon
2a : a brick or stone laid in a wall with its end toward the face of the wall
b : a beam fitted at one side of an opening to support free ends of floor joists, studs, or rafters
c : a horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening : lintel
d : a conduit (such as an exhaust pipe for a many-cylindered engine) into which a number of smaller conduits open
e : a mounting plate through which electrical terminals pass from a sealed device (such as a transistor)
3 : a fall or dive headfirst took a header into the pool
4 : a shot or pass in soccer made by heading the ball
b : information (such as a page number) printed or placed at the top of each page of a document — compare footer sense 2

Examples of header in a Sentence

She tripped on the rock and took a header. He scored with a header past the goalie.
Recent Examples on the Web Hewitt-Trussville, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 7A baseball, took care of business on Saturday after splitting a quarterfinal double-header on Friday to earn a spot in next week’s Final Four. Al.com Reports, al, 7 May 2022 The Braves and Brewers will wrap up their six-game season series later this month at American Family Field and Milwaukee closes out the month with a double-header against the Cubs in Chicago. Andrew Wagner, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Yet another layer to the upcoming double-header between the current English and Spanish champions that should be fascinating. Steve Douglas, ajc, 4 Apr. 2022 And instead of a four-day All-Star break, the A’s will get three days because of the July 21 double-header against the Tigers. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2022 Louisville hasn't scored that many runs in a double header since beating Chicago State on March 30, 1977. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Mar. 2022 The Casteel boys sealed the deal in a game that followed the Casteel girls' team winning the 5A championship a few hours prior, also against Sunrise Mountain, in a double-header played at Central High School. Claire Cornelius, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2022 The Americans opened with a sustained offensive onslaught and finally broke through on a header from an unmarked Andi Sullivan in the 26th minute. Adam Jardy, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2022 Fernando Castro scored on a header from an assist from Christian Reyes to tie the game at 1-1 for Russellville with 10 minutes left. Harold Mcilvain, Arkansas Online, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'header.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of header

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About header

Time Traveler for header

Time Traveler

The first known use of header was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near header

head-end system


header and thresher

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for header

Last Updated

12 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Header.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/header. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on header

Nglish: Translation of header for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about header


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!