mast·​head | \ ˈmast-ˌhed How to pronounce masthead (audio) \

Definition of masthead

1 : the top of a mast
2a : the printed matter in a newspaper or periodical that gives the title and details of ownership, advertising rates, and subscription rates
b : the name of a publication (such as a newspaper) displayed on the top of the first page

Examples of masthead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the second big change in less than a year to YouTube's masthead policies, after banning advertisers in November from reserving the spot for a full day. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 14 June 2021 YouTube’s most coveted ad spot—the masthead banner atop its homepage—will no longer run ads from certain types of companies, Axios reports. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 14 June 2021 Susanna Hayward / Getty Images Growing up, Amber Finney dreamed of landing on the masthead of a glossy fashion magazine. Tatiana Boncompagni, Marie Claire, 7 June 2021 Interns have gone on to work in nearly every department, including the masthead. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 At the moment, when the commissioning pennant is broken at the masthead, a ship becomes a Navy command and takes its place alongside the other active ships in the fleet. al, 20 May 2021 The Wild overhauled the roster and, by cutting ties with veteran centers Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal, the team created a void — not just up the middle but on its masthead, too. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 8 May 2021 But technology and challenges in the advertising climate grew steeper, and after more than three decades, Parham and her son sold the newspaper to Sesh Communications, which kept Parham’s title at the top of the masthead. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2021 Having a notable name, particularly in the technology industry, on a company masthead can open doors beyond what simply touting a famous investor can offer, Kushwaha said. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of masthead

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Masthead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of masthead

: the top of a ship's mast
: the name of a newspaper shown on the top of the first page


mast·​head | \ ˈmast-ˌhed How to pronounce masthead (audio) \

Kids Definition of masthead

: the top of a ship's mast


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