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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Other headliners include dancer and singer Julianne Hough, DJ Zedd, and Tyler Glenn from the band Neon Trees. Lindsay Whitehurst, Fox News, "Apple CEO, Imagine Dragons headed to festival for LGBT youth," 27 July 2018 After two years in Santiago, Chile, the festival debuts stateside with a lineup that includes psychedelic tropicalia from the headliners Os Mutantes and noise rock from the Israeli guitarist Yonatan Gat. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 There’s no clear, can’t-miss headliner at the position heading into the regular season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's best wide receivers for 2018," 10 July 2018 Drake took London by surprise, storming the city's Wireless Festival as a surprise headliner Sunday evening (July 8). Mary J. Dimeglio, Billboard, "Drake Replaces DJ Khaled as Surprise Headliner at London's Wireless 2018," 8 July 2018 The first-round picks in last month’s draft, Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet were expected to be the 76ers’ headliners for the summer league. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Furkan Korkmaz steals headlines from Zhaire Smith, Landry Shamet," 6 July 2018 The celebration, which runs from 4-10 p.m., includes performances from R&B singer Cupid and headliner Chris Young. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Where July 4th celebrations are happening around Houston this year," 2 July 2018 Clusterfest continues through Sunday, June 3, with Action Bronson, Wu-Tang Clan, David Cross, Jeff Ross and headliner Jon Stewart. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Clusterfest 2018: The Lonely Island post-concert invite was real, and loyal fans got T-shirts," 2 June 2018 Last year's Farm-to-Fork Festival had more live music than in years past, including headliner Blind Pilot, and drew an estimated 60,000 people to Capitol Mall. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Farm to Folk? Sacramento's annual food showcase has major changes, including this headliner," 1 June 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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