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 Preakness winner Rombauer and Essential Quality headline a field of eight horses for the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, 1 June 2021 Below are two graphs to show the effect: (1) A comparison of headline and core CPI numbers and (2) a comparison of the two with the price of oil. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 13 May 2021 To cite one example, the United Kingdom in its new budget proposes to increase the headline corporate rate but to partially offset that with a tax credit for investment in physical plant. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021 That was the headline of a Minneapolis Police press release on May 25, 2020, in the hours after an unnamed man in his 40s died. Eric Levenson, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 Jake Paul and Ben Askren headline; music performances from Justin Bieber, the Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo, Major Lazer and Mt. Westmore, featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too Short and E-40.Pay-per-view via cable providers, fite. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, 14 Apr. 2021 Capital Economics, a consultancy, predicts that the combination of base effects and a boomy reopening will drive the headline annual rate of inflation close to 4% by May. The Economist, 13 Apr. 2021 To cite one example, the United Kingdom in its new budget proposes to increase the headline corporate rate but to partially offset that with a tax credit for investment in physical plant. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021 That was the stodgy New York Times headline one spring day in 1954. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chelmsford native Janelle Draper returns from New York to headline this free show with Andrew Della Volpe and host Stirling Smith. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 But then Live Nation’s president of country touring Brian O’Connell gave the go-ahead for the Sept. 3-5 event, and then, as Billboard is exclusively announcing, Keith Urban signed on to headline along with Bentley. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 8 June 2021 That premiere made history as Leyna Bloom became the first out transgender actor to headline a film at that legendary film festival. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 30 May 2021 The Florida congressman even traveled to Wyoming to headline a campaign rally targeting fellow Republican Liz Cheney after the congresswoman voted for the former president's second impeachment. Will Steakin, ABC News, 1 Apr. 2021 That is why some Whitfield residents are worried about President Donald Trump’s plans to headline a rally for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue here Monday, the eve of the U.S. Senate runoffs. Jeremy Redmon, ajc, 1 Jan. 2021 Trump returned to the Peach State Saturday night to headline a campaign rally for GOP Sens. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 7 Dec. 2020 Former President Trump will headline a big-dollar fundraising event next month in Dallas, according to an invitation obtained by CBS News. Major Garrett, Adam Brewster, CBS News, 4 June 2021 Singles action kicks off this afternoon and the doubles tournament will begin Tuesday as several Americans headline the event, which will run through Sunday. Mitchell Gladstone, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 These victories, along with some headline-worthy philanthropic donations, amplify how essential HBCUs have become in shaping African American leadership in this country—from fine art and politics to the food and beverage world. Adrian Miller, Bon Appétit, 12 Mar. 2021 China’s headline industrial growth figure, which is released monthly, is of questionable value. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2021 Below, more of the year's most headline-worthy masks. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2020 The game offered a basket full of headline-worthy developments, but coach Mike Zimmer's decision with two minutes to play will receive the most scrutiny. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, 12 Oct. 2020 Scott was also scheduled to co-headline Lollapalooza alongside The Strokes and Guns N’ Roses. cleveland, 10 June 2020 Not exactly headline news, but parenting is complex. Paige Hymson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2019

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Headline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headline. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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