head·​lin·​er | \ ˈhed-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce headliner (audio) \

Definition of headliner

1 : the principal performer in a show : star broadly : personality sense 4b
2 : fabric covering the inside of the roof of an automobile

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lead, principal, star

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Examples of headliner in a Sentence

He was the headliner at a local night club. a headliner on variety shows in the early days of TV

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Bryant was the headliner for the Aspen Institute’s annual summit on youth sports. Ben Nuckols, The Seattle Times, "Coach Kobe: Bryant shares philosophies on how to reach kids," 16 Oct. 2018 After a powerhouse performance from Justin Timberlake in 2018, the NFL has reportedly tapped Maroon 5 to be the headliners of the 2019Super Bowl Halftime Show. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Maroon 5 reportedly set to play the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show," 19 Sep. 2018 While Diomande was LAFC’s headliner for scoring, C.J. Sapong was once again the Union’s for not scoring. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Adama Diomande hat trick sinks Union in 4-1 loss at LAFC," 30 June 2018 The shocking upset of House Democratic Caucus chairman Joe Crowley of New York by 28-year-old first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the headliner for the last major primary night before August. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "A Good Primary Night for Progressives," 27 June 2018 At the bar, the signature cocktails are the headliners. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Ravinia's new dining options include Lawn Bar," 26 June 2018 The surgery prompted him to withdraw from a headliner against Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 in his hometown of Manchester, England. Steven Marrocco, USA TODAY, "Former UFC champion Michael Bisping decides against another fight, announces retirement," 28 May 2018 Brown knew this summer’s free agency class would be stacked with the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Paul George among the headliners. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers want a LeBron James, Paul George-caliber star, but will they want the Sixers?," 30 June 2018 Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Victor Wainwright & The Train, Zac Harmon, and Vanessa Collier are among the headliners. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer music fests worth the drive," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of headliner

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headliner was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of headliner

: the main performer in a show or concert

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a shady place in a garden or forest

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