head·​line | \ ˈhed-ˌlīn How to pronounce headline (audio) \

Definition of headline

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : words set at the head of a passage or page to introduce or categorize
2a : 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


headlined; headlining; headlines

Definition of headline (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with a headline
2 : to publicize highly
3 : to be engaged as a leading performer in (a show)



Definition of headline (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms for headline

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of headline in a Sentence

Noun The story of his arrest appeared beneath the headline “Caught!”. She only had time to scan the headlines before she had to rush out the door. Surprising developments have kept the murder investigation in the headlines for several weeks. She has grabbed the headlines by making public accusations of corruption within the government. Verb The band is headlining the music festival.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pangolins have grabbed news headlines in recent days after researchers at South China Agricultural University said that the pangolin could be an intermediary host for the novel coronavirus. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 11 Feb. 2020 And thus the focus quickly shifted to Biogen (BIIB), which made global headlines last year after claiming a controversial victory with an amyloid-targeting therapy of its own. Damian Garde, STAT, "Two more failed Alzheimer’s drugs sharpen focus on Biogen’s chances for aducanumab," 10 Feb. 2020 Since making headlines, Carroll has heard from car buyers in 26 states — including Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Wyoming, Georgia, Nevada, California, Texas and Arizona. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan car concierge's quiet business is now getting calls from around the country," 7 Feb. 2020 In terms of making headlines, the 2020 Chicago show is yet more proof that the days of the big trade show are almost at an end as OEMs increasingly opt for standalone events to premiere new products. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Supersized trucks and SUVs seem here to stay, unlike the auto show," 7 Feb. 2020 Who are the 2020 Super Bowl halftime performers? Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will co-headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIV. Sportsbookwire Staff, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "2020 Super Bowl viewing guide: What time does the Super Bowl start?," 2 Feb. 2020 The headline: Cross Collects 5 Grammys in Major Upset. Paul Grein, Billboard, "How Did Christopher Cross, Of All People, Achieve That Historic Grammy Sweep in 1981?," 27 Jan. 2020 Now in the awards circuit for Tarantino’s ninth film, Pitt has been making headlines, more recently for his reunion with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston backstage at the SAG Awards. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Brad Pitt Says He Has 'No Complaints' with Life Now: 'I Got Lovely Kids, I Like My Dogs'," 21 Jan. 2020 While Brown gets the headlines, fellow D-lineman Marlon Davidson is also first-team all-SEC and has a team-high 7 1/2 sacks. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football vs. Auburn: How to watch and who has edge?," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While indie folk band Bon Iver headlined the event, the trio of lawmakers took the stage for a panel discussion. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "You all 'deserve better': Tlaib stops short of apologizing for booing Hillary Clinton," 1 Feb. 2020 President Trump is headlining a major rally in Iowa Thursday night on the eve of key Senate impeachment action and just days before the nation’s first presidential caucuses there. Fox News, "Trump takes the stage at Iowa rally ahead of key impeachment action, first-in-the-nation caucuses," 31 Jan. 2020 Twenty One Pilots, Marshmello and The Avett Brothers will all be headlining at Bunbury Music Festival 2020. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Bunbury Music Festival 2020 lineup includes a lot of rock, electronic and alternative music," 30 Jan. 2020 Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Armstead headlines the seven-member class that will be inducted into the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame on May 1 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Pro Bowler Jessie Armstead, a star on Carter’s famous 1988 team, headlines inductees for Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame," 29 Jan. 2020 Featuring three members living in Kenosha, the Christian hard-rock band will be headlining the Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage on opening night, Aug. 6. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin State Fair 2020 announces three concerts with Beach Boys, Chris Young and Skillet," 25 Jan. 2020 At a time of growing concerns of anti-Semitism in the United States and beyond, Trump could headline the world's most prominent conference on the issue. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Leaders are gathering in Jerusalem for the Auschwitz anniversary. Poland's president won't be there," 22 Jan. 2020 Klobuchar was headlining three town halls in eastern Iowa. Julie Pace, SFChronicle.com, "Impeachment trial in Senate upends 2020 presidential campaign," 18 Jan. 2020 Of the top six grossing M.M.A. cards in Nevada, McGregor has headlined five. Morgan Campbell, New York Times, "Conor McGregor and U.F.C. Attempt a Shift Away from Heel Status," 18 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Not exactly headline news, but parenting is complex. Paige Hymson, Los Angeles Times, "Play Next: Lessons from a first podcast, where the rubber meets the road," 6 Aug. 2019 While an Instagram follow-for-follow situation isn't usually headline news, much of Bella Hadid and The Weeknd's on-and-off relationship has quietly played out in the app. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Finally Refollowed Each Other on Instagram," 26 July 2018 While headline inflation fell on an annual basis, core inflation was 1.5% in June and was revised up to 1.5% in May from the earlier estimate of 1.4%. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Strengthen on Soft Economic Data," 1 Aug. 2017 Headline inflation accelerated for a fifth month to 11.9 percent from 11.3 percent during the same period, the state statistics office said Wednesday -- the highest since 2008 and faster than economists forecast. Onur Ant, Bloomberg.com, "Surprise Core Drop Suggests Turkey Inflation May Have Peaked," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of headline


1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headline was in 1771

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17 Feb 2020

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“Headline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headline. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the title written in large letters over a story in a newspaper
: the major news stories reported in newspapers, magazines, or television news programs



English Language Learners Definition of headline (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide (a newspaper story) with a headline
US : to be the main performer in (a show or concert)


head·​line | \ ˈhed-ˌlīn How to pronounce headline (audio) \

Kids Definition of headline

: a title of an article in a newspaper

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