mast·​head | \ˈmast-ˌhed \

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

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Tickets went on sale Monday and can be purchased through the Navy ticket office at 1-800-US4-NAVY or by clicking on the TICKETS tab in the masthead of Don Markus,, "Maryland-Navy will square off in Annapolis in 2018 Veterans Classic," 2 July 2018 Much of the film’s heist, which operated with knife-sharp precision and more moving parts than the inside of a clock, involved our very own magazine—the movie’s closing credits looked a bit like its masthead. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All the Stars Turned Out for the World Premiere of Ocean’s 8," 6 June 2018 And the names on the, er, masthead are grabbers, too: Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "'The President Is Missing'! Can superhero prez save the day in Clinton/Patterson thriller?," 3 June 2018 Aftermath: Removed from the masthead of The Atlantic magazine, fired from Emerson Collective. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "From Weinstein to Lauer: A timeline of 2017's sexual harassment scandals," 26 May 2018 The idea for the book came from a desire among some members of the Penn Appétit masthead team to incorporate more cooking into their lives. Allison Steele,, "Penn Appetit! In their spare time, these students publish a food magazine and cookbook," 15 May 2018 Such a lawsuit would assert that team officials knew about the misconduct of Richardson—whose name had appeared at the top of the company’s masthead until several months ago—and unreasonably failed to take corrective steps. Michael Mccann,, "Fallout from Latest Allegations Against Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson," 26 Apr. 2018 Still, the list of 100 arrived at by the masthead at Boston Magazine is, by any measure, intriguing. Mark Shanahan,, "Linda Pizzuti Henry tops Boston Magazine’s ‘Most Influential People’ list," 24 Apr. 2018 The Vatican’s crackdown on the commercial use of its official emblems has found resistance from a Spanish website that refuses to give up on referencing the seat of the Catholic Church in its masthead. Washington Post, "Does the pope own the Vatican brand? Spain, so far, says yes," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of masthead

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of masthead

: the top of a ship's mast

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