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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Synonyms for headliner


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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As noted on the festival’s website, Minaj, 36, is joining Liam Payne and DJ Steve Aoki as the headliners for the event, which will take place on July 18 at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Nicki Minaj Set to Perform in Ultra-Conservative Saudi Arabia," 3 July 2019 The 25-year-old became the second-youngest headliner, after a 24-year-old David Bowie played the festival in Somerset, western England, in 1971. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Stormzy tackles knife crime and racial inequality in history-making Glastonbury set," 29 June 2019 Mayor David Holt announced Wednesday that the band whose members once lived in Oklahoma City will perform Sept. 27 as headliners in a three-day opening event at Scissortail Park. USA TODAY, "Troll trail, coal train derailment, geyser record: News from around our 50 states," 27 June 2019 The American Family Insurance House is hosting acoustic sets and Q&A sessions every afternoon with some of the festival's biggest headliners, including Cole Swindell, X Ambassadors and Hanson. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Checking out 7 new things to experience (and eat) at the Big Gig," 27 June 2019 Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at Blossom Music Center – that features women as the headliners. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Ani DiFranco, Oberlin grad Lucy Wainwright Roche will put songwriting in the spotlight at Cain Park show," 7 June 2019 The debut Kauai Folk Festival has announced Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues Band and Peter Rowan as headliners for the two-day event taking place Sept. 28-29 at Hawaiian plantation Grove Farm Museum in Kauai, Hawaii. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Taj Mahal & Peter Rowan to Headline Hawaii's Debut Kauai Folk Festival," 4 June 2019 The last Saturday of the Illinois State Fair in August will feature Ludacris and Flo Rida as the headliners. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Durbin says federal money is available for Quincy home, as Rauner report could come soon," 1 May 2018 The Innings Festival launches this weekend at Tempe Beach Park with Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age and the Avett Brothers as headliners. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Innings Festival 2018 guide: Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age, Avett Brothers in Tempe," 20 Mar. 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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