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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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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As a headliner of the event, the bigger stage at the Palau Reial led to bigger dresses, too. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman Shares Photos From the Label’s Spring 2020 Bridal Show in Barcelona," 30 Apr. 2019 From serving as a headliner at Coachella 2018 to releasing a brand new live album of that very unforgettable performance, Queen Bey hasn't exactly been taking a vacation. Teen Vogue, "13 Products Inspired by the Streaming Release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”," 24 Apr. 2019 Ariana Grande is set to perform as the youngest-ever headliner at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival tonight (April 14) in Indio, California. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Fans Are Convinced Ariana Grande Will Perform With 'NSync at Coachella," 14 Apr. 2019 Halsey was recently announced as a headliner for Saturday of the two-day 2018 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival alongside Rae Sremmurd, DJ Snake and Future at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York, on Aug. 18 and 19. Mary J. Dimeglio, Billboard, "Halsey and G-Eazy 'Taking Some Time Apart' After 1 Year of Dating," 3 July 2018 Kendrick Lamar also served as headliner for the 25th anniversary of the outdoor hip hop concert. Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE.com, "Rapper Meek Mill Rides 4-Wheeler on Stage at Summer Jam Following Release from Prison," 11 June 2018 Beyonce will take the stage again next week as headliner for the festival's second weekend. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "After Beyonce plays their song at Coachella, Rebirth Brass Band says, 'she must know good music'," 14 Apr. 2018 First, Jake hits the streets in New York to talk festival fashion, dream lineups, and best headliners, from Beyoncé to Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Winner of "The Voice" Brynn Cartelli Dishes On What It's Like to Be On Tour with Kelly Clarkson," 25 Mar. 2019 Tickets go on sale a full year before the festival itself, and past headliners include Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Calvin Harris. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019

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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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