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 Sulzberger also said that Jim Dao, a deputy editorial page editor who had publicly taken responsibility as overseeing the editing of the piece, would be stepping off the masthead and reassigned to the newsroom. Shannon Liao, CNN, "New York Times runs 2 op-eds defending op-ed that forced editorial page editor to resign," 12 June 2020 Jim Dao, Bennet's deputy editor in charge of the op-ed section, will also be removed from the masthead and moved into a new role. NBC News, "New York Times opinion editor resigns amid fallout over op-ed calling on military to quell protests," 7 June 2020 Jim Dao, the deputy editorial page editor who oversees op-eds, is stepping down from his position, which was on the Times masthead, and taking a new job in the newsroom, Sulzberger said. Marc Tracy,, "NYT editor quits after backlash over senator’s column on handling riots," 7 June 2020 James Dao, a deputy editorial page editor, will be removed from the company’s masthead and reassigned... Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "New York Times Editorial Page Editor James Bennet Resigns," 7 June 2020 Some of those typefaces were serif fonts, others were sans serifs, and others still were more stylized display fonts like Blackletter, which looks like a newspaper masthead, and Sunrise. Daniel Tamul, The Conversation, "Typefaces have personality – and can be political," 6 May 2020 All Sonmez did was tweet a link to a comprehensive longread about the rape accusation and subsequent media and legal circus, and for that, she was dragged not only on social media but by WaPo’s editorial masthead. Matt Giles, Longreads, "“The Ugliness of Greatness”: A Kobe Bryant Reading List," 12 Feb. 2020 Media companies have stopped printing dozens of newspaper mastheads across Australia because the pandemic shutdown has caused advertisers to stop spending. Fox News, "Australia forces Google, Facebook to pay for news content: report," 20 Apr. 2020 For a complete listing of the Los Angeles Times masthead and newsroom staff, including links to individual bios with additional details, go to Los Angeles Times, "Times announces promotions, new roles among newsroom management team," 1 Apr. 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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