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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He was the headliner at a local night club. a headliner on variety shows in the early days of TV
Recent Examples on the Web Pride Island, the annual music festival held each year whose 2020 roster boasted Janelle Monae as a headliner, was among the many events canceled. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Here Are All the Major Music Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus (Updating)," 4 Aug. 2020 The headliner of the Bengals’ 2020 draft class is now under contract, joining the six other rookies selected by the franchise in April. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow is looking forward to earning that paycheck," 1 Aug. 2020 Mdrive, however, is the research company’s headliner and most successful and visible brand. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona dietary supplements company Mdrive sees big gains in sales," 31 July 2020 As covetable as these new projects are, their unisex, for-every-taste scent selection is still the headliner, and Lil Fleur does not disappoint. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Why Byredo's Lil Fleur Fragrance Is Worth It," 10 June 2020 REO Speedwagon and Styx were planned as Carb Day performers, followed by Luke Bryan on Legends Day, and Martin Garrix as the Indy 500 Snake Pit headliner. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "What entertainment at the 2020 Indy 500 is canceled and what will be different," 10 July 2020 The Sport plus package also adds sports seats, S line leather, and a black headliner. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi Q5 Looks More Modern, Adds Power," 29 June 2020 The rehabilitation of lake trout is the headliner, one of the biggest fisheries management success stories of recent decades. Steve Quinn, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Fishing the Great Lakes this Summer," 18 June 2020 While Earnhardt will be the headliner at the induction ceremony, he's impressed by his new classmates, too. Michael Marot, Houston Chronicle, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. headlines NASCAR's 2021 Hall of Fame class," 16 June 2020

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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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8 Aug 2020

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“Headliner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headliner. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headliner

: the main performer in a show or concert

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