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headline

noun head·line \ ˈhed-ˌlīn \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of headline

1 : words set at the head of a passage or page to introduce or categorize
2 a : a head of a newspaper story or article usually printed in large type and giving the gist of the story or article that follows
b 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.

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First Known Use of headline

1771

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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headline

verb

Definition of headline

1 : to provide with a headline
2 : to publicize highly
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.

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First Known Use of headline

1860

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NEW! Time Traveler

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headline

adjective

Definition of headline

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

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First Known Use of headline

1906

in the meaning defined above

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NEW! Time Traveler


HEADLINE Defined for English Language Learners

headline

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

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

noun head·line \ ˈhed-ˌlīn \

Definition of headline for Students

: a title of an article in a newspaper


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