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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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 The headliner will be the men's gymnastics team final, which will happen during Tokyo's primetime and air live in the U.S. early morning, and the U.S. men are set to compete. Emily Leiker, USA TODAY, 24 July 2021 Biden’s executive order lists four big issues that cover broadband, but the headliner is net neutrality. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 9 July 2021 Saturday’s headliner is the $600,000, Grade 2 Stephen Foster, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race for 4-year-olds and up. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 23 June 2021 The headliner of the four-hour event was the breakout trio Awesome City Club, known for its contemporary city pop sound featuring sophisticated male-female vocals by atagi and Porin. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 21 June 2021 The Oregon Ducks hosted a large collection of official visitors during the first weekend of June, but the unquestioned headliner of the group was 247Sports four-star defensive end/outside linebacker Cyrus Moss. oregonlive, 8 June 2021 Stevie Wonder’s keyboards malfunctioned just before he was meant to go on as the headliner. Nate Jones, Vulture, 2 July 2021 Also on Saturday, Comedy in the Courtyard, behind Tonge Row, returns with Simone as headliner. Janet Kusterer, baltimoresun.com, 25 June 2021 Celebration-wise, community members are welcome to tune in to the June 10th Thrive with Pride Concert, a virtual festival highlighting some of the LA area's hottest LGBTQIA+ artists with legendary hyperpop pioneer Charli XCX serving as headliner. Jared Ranahan, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2021

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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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28 Jul 2021

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“Headliner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headliner. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of headliner

: the main performer in a show or concert


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