head·​lin·​er ˈhed-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce headliner (audio)
: the principal performer in a show : star
: fabric covering the inside of the roof of an automobile

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
Recent Examples on the Web While not technically a headliner, but rather occupying the special bottom billing spot on the lineup, No Doubt's reunion is going to be the hella good highlight of both weekends of the festival. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 11 Apr. 2024 With a packed lineup, the headliners are Lainey Wilson on Thursday, Eric Church on Friday, Jelly Roll on Saturday and Koe Wetzel on Sunday. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 Most recently, the festival swung by Inglewood, CA last month, boasting headliners including Minaj, Post Malone and Future and Metro Boomin. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 11 Apr. 2024 Along with headliners Lana Del Rey, Tyler, the Creator, and Doja Cat, acts such as No Doubt, Sublime, Blur, Lil Uzi Vert, Bebe Rexha, and Sabrina Carpenter will perform on the main stage. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2024 The headliners, of course, are the Royals’ starting pitchers. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 7 Apr. 2024 But athletic director Jen Cohen needed someone with the coaching chops and personality to stand next to her other headliners, football coach Lincoln Riley and women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 The final night’s lineup will have Chevelle, The Hu, Fever 333, 2 Live Crew and Struggle Jennings playing alongside headliner Jelly Roll. Check out the mosh-provements post below. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2024 The headliners will surely help obliterate any women’s basketball TV ratings records during Monday’s Elite Eight contest. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of headliner was in 1896

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“Headliner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headliner. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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