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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s why: the headline figure is a year-over-year figure, which means the pace of price increases is calculated using April 2021’s already above target 4.2%. Elisabeth Buchwald, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Billboard recently announced Billboard MusicCon, a first-of-its-kind event which will feature exclusive conversations, fan experiences, headline performances, and more. Paul Grein, Billboard, 9 May 2022 Alt-rock singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers will be the headline act for the third annual Kilby Court Block Party, scheduled for May 13-14, 2022, in Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 May 2022 The headline payroll number comes from a monthly survey of large and mid-sized businesses. Robert Barone, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Demeulemeeseter herself will curate the project at the Stazione Leopolda, creating another headline event at a Pitti that will also feature Grace Wales Bonner as guest designer. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 6 May 2022 YouTube Go's headline feature of offline video access is not mentioned in the community post. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Bomba Estéreo have announced the most extensive headline tour of their career, with 33 dates across North America, Europe and Mexico. Jem Aswad, Variety, 3 May 2022 Corrections & Clarifications: Police Chief Jeri Williams’ first name was misspelled in a previous version of this article and headline. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kemp's campaign announced Friday morning that Pence will headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Kemp on Monday, May 23rd, the day before the vote. Jill Colvin, ajc, 13 May 2022 How far into your work on Discovery did the offer come through to headline your own Pike show? Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 May 2022 When Burna Boy hits the Madison Square Garden stage on April 28, the Afro-fusion artist will become the first Nigerian musician to headline a show at the world’s most famous arena. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2022 Although he was originally scheduled to headline the Coachella festival this year, his appearance was canceled in the wake of the tragedy, along with multiple other festival slots. Jem Aswad, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Originally, way back in 2020, Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Ocean were scheduled to headline. Spin Staff, SPIN, 14 Apr. 2022 Both Korn and Evanescence are scheduled to headline Mansfield’s Inkcarceration music festival in July. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 The rapper canceled his performance after he was previously scheduled to headline on April 17 and April 24. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 4 Apr. 2022 Scott, who was scheduled to headline Coachella in 2020 before it was canceled because of Covid precautions, was to have joined West onstage, TMZ reported. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With elections in view and Democrats' headline domestic bill in a rut, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer have very different takes on how things are going in their chamber. Alan Fram, ajc, 12 Feb. 2022 For Friday's New Year's Eve Live, Dierks Bentley and Dan + Shay are still scheduled to co-headline and take the main stage in Nashville's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 31 Dec. 2021 Little known only days earlier beyond the cloistered world of French women’s soccer, her name was suddenly headline news around the world. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 To support the album, Mastodon will embark on a co-headline North American tour with Opeth. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2021 The band was set to co-headline with country star Brad Paisley. Marc Bona, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2021 In their place, organizers have added Khruangbin and, in the Sunday co-headline spot, Rufus Du Sol. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2021 Additionally, from September 3rd through 11th, My Morning Jacket will co-headline dates with Brittany Howard, performing with her in Alpharetta, Georgia; Columbia, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a two-night run in Queens, New York. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2021 This would normally not be a headline-worthy story. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 5 May 2021 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Headline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headline. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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