1

headline

play
noun head·line \ˈhed-ˌlīn\

Definition of headline

  1. 1 :  words set at the head of a passage or page to introduce or categorize

  2. 2a :  a head of a newspaper story or article usually printed in large type and giving the gist of the story or article that followsb headlines plural :  front-page news the scandal made headlines

Examples of headline in a Sentence

  1. The story of his arrest appeared beneath the headline Caught!.

  2. She only had time to scan the headlines before she had to rush out the door.

  3. Surprising developments have kept the murder investigation in the headlines for several weeks.

  4. She has grabbed the headlines by making public accusations of corruption within the government.

Recent Examples of headline from the Web

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

First Known Use of headline

1771


2

headline

verb head·line

Definition of headline

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a headline

  3. 2 :  to publicize highly

  4. 3 :  to be engaged as a leading performer in (a show)

Examples of headline in a Sentence

  1. The band is headlining the music festival.

Recent Examples of headline from the Web

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

First Known Use of headline

1860


3

headline

adjective head·line

Definition of headline

  1. :  deserving mention in a headline :  very noteworthy the headline abduction of a diplomat

First Known Use of headline

1906



HEADLINE Defined for English Language Learners

headline

play
noun

Definition of headline for English Language Learners

  • : the title written in large letters over a story in a newspaper

  • headlines : the major news stories reported in newspapers, magazines, or television news programs

headline

verb

Definition of headline for English Language Learners

  • : to provide (a newspaper story) with a headline

  • : to be the main performer in (a show or concert)


HEADLINE Defined for Kids

headline

play
noun head·line \ˈhed-ˌlīn\

Definition of headline for Students

  1. :  a title of an article in a newspaper



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up headline? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to plunder or ravage

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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