sub·​head | \ ˈsəb-ˌhed How to pronounce subhead (audio) \

Definition of subhead

1 : a heading of a subdivision (as in an outline)
2 : a subordinate caption, title, or headline

Examples of subhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The subhead in particular uses poor grammar throughout, inconsistent with a news operation on the scale of Fox Business Network. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Fake headline claims car lot owner took his own life after Kenosha unrest," 11 Sep. 2020 Among the tells: The subhead misspells the word devastated and doesn’t capitalize Kenosha. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Fake headline claims car lot owner took his own life after Kenosha unrest," 11 Sep. 2020 Break things up into concise points and, where necessary, insert subheads — as there are in this article. Harry Guinness, New York Times, "How to Edit Your Own Writing," 7 Apr. 2020 And last week, with a typical single-contest haul of three honorable mentions plus the HM subhead, Duncan reached the 500-ink threshold of the Style Invitational Hall of Fame, to become its 14th member. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1372: The punliness of the long-distance runner," 20 Feb. 2020 But here’s the subhead: The party’s sizable moderate wing is in disarray. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Moderates Search for a Savior," 11 Mar. 2020 The language of the headline and the subhead promise disquieting news. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Innocuous Story of Bernie Sanders’s Trip to Russia," 6 Mar. 2020 And these sites look almost identical, with representations of analog newspaper headlines and subheads on white backgrounds. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "When the Web Was Weird," 31 Oct. 2019 The headline for this week’s results is by Kevin Dopart; Chris Doyle wrote the honorable-mentions subhead. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1345: The confaketionary — food fictoids," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of subhead

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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sub·​head | \ ˈsəb-ˌhed How to pronounce subhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of subhead

: a heading under which one of the divisions of a subject is listed

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