head·​lin·​er | \ˈhed-ˌlī-nər \

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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No doubt some of those longest-serving fans will be on hand Friday night when Journey lands at Comerica Park with co-headliner Def Leppard, a powerhouse pairing from two of the biggest rock hit-makers of the '80s. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit still has open arms for Journey as band arrives with Def Leppard," 12 July 2018 A week after showing her horses at the Featherhorse Classic in Clemson, the fiery country star is back in the Carolinas to kick off The Bandwagon Tour with co-headliner Little Big Town and support acts Tenille Townes and Natalie Hemby. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week," 3 July 2018 The comfy seats of our pickup were a welcome respite post-headliner performances. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know Before Attending a Country Music Festival," 1 June 2018 Phase one of the lineup has been announced, with headliners representing all corners of the dance music sound from around the world, RESISTANCE stage included. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Ultra Japan 2018 Lineup: Zedd, Axwell & Ingrosso, DJ Snake & More," 12 July 2018 This is the 29th year for the country music festival, with headliners this year including Blake Shelton, Billy Currington and Alabama. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Hot air balloons, a food fest in Kenosha, films in Michigan and more Midwest events," 29 June 2018 No worries, the Canyon County Fair will get your boots scootin' with headliners Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan and Michael Ray. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 Summerfest fireworks are due to run Wednesday from 9:30 to 10 p.m., with headliners then hitting the stages. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Donald Trump, Big Bang and Summerfest converge in Milwaukee on Wednesday night," 26 June 2018 When the founder of cheerful New York bakery Flour Shop returned earlier this month as a headliner for the JW Marriott Venice Food & Wine Festival, she was energized, in part because of her hotel’s location. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Finding the Best Sweets in Venice With Amirah Kassem," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of headliner

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of headliner

: the main performer in a show or concert

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