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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Festival headliners, the Jayhawks will take the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. Savannah Eadens, chicagotribune.com, "Americana means good beer, good music at Square Roots Festival," 12 July 2018 Since then, Essence Fest has evolved from big-name concert headliners to include workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches about politics, technology, health, style, beauty, and cooking. refinery29.com, "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 Chreece organizers unveiled GOOD Music artist Valee and 1990s indie-rap group Black Moon Saturday as headliners for the fourth annual hip-hop festival in Fountain Square. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Here’s the roster of hip-hop acts joining Valee and Black Moon at Chreece festival," 7 July 2018 This year, Janet Jackson and Queen Latifah are among the headliners. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump hosts Montana rally, Ronda Rousey makes history: 5 things you need to know Thursday," 5 July 2018 The Gin Mill Dogs, a country and rock cover band, kicked off the day's first performance on the stage at noon, to be followed by ground-stage headliners Walker Hayes and Kane Brown later Wednesday night. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest revelers react to new U.S. Cellular stage, northern gate, Klement's Beer Garden," 27 June 2018 Escobar was not considered among the headliners of this winter’s class, which will include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson and possibly Clayton Kershaw. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "From High School Outfielder to Cardinals Flamethrower," 23 June 2018 Leftover Salmon is among the headliners at this weekend’s NC Brewers and Music Festival. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | May 11-17 | Charlotte Observer," 9 May 2018 Los Angeles’ annual FYF Festival, whose headliners this year were to include Janet Jackson, has been canceled, promoter Goldenvoice announced Sunday on Twitter. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "FYF Fest canceled this year, Goldenvoice says," 6 May 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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