top billing


Definition of top billing

1 : prominent emphasis, featuring, or advertising
2 : the position at the top of a theatrical bill usually featuring the star's name

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Examples of top billing in a Sentence

despite being of epic proportions, the African famine rarely received top billing in the American press
Recent Examples on the Web Joe Biden dominated, of course, but here and there his groundbreaking vice president Kamala Harris grabbed top billing. oregonlive, "‘We will get through this together’: Newspaper front pages herald President Joe Biden, review challenges ahead," 21 Jan. 2021 But even though Karl Urban's Billy Butcher gets top billing—and Urban, as always, is terrific—ultimately this show belongs to Starr's Homelander, who easily ranks among the most complicated and fascinating villains in the genre. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2020: Our favorite shows and binges in a year of living distantly," 26 Dec. 2020 Those places can rightfully boast about their Carnival cred, but, New Orleans far and away owns top billing. Colleen Mcmillar, Better Homes & Gardens, "Everything You Need to Know About Carnival to Kick Off Mardi Gras Season," 23 Dec. 2020 But even among these incredible 156 species, the ugly orchid has received top billing. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Behold the World’s Ugliest Orchid, According to Botanists," 21 Dec. 2020 The race to become New Orleans’ next district attorney takes top billing on the Dec. 5 ballot. Matt Sledge,, "Two Juvenile Court judge runoffs in New Orleans to influence criminal justice system," 18 Nov. 2020 The Cardinals received 45 of 57 first-place votes from the Blue Ribbon Panel for a total of 840 points and 13 of 15 first-place votes from ACC head coaches for 223 points and top billing in the voting. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville women named ACC favorite; Dana Evans named preseason player of the year," 10 Nov. 2020 This leaves two thoroughbreds in North America who deserve top billing: Authentic and Swiss Skydiver. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: The case for Swiss Skydiver," 15 Nov. 2020 Her building and preservation work always got top billing, and rightfully so. Esther Mobley,, "One of Sonoma's oldest Pinot Noir vineyards has an under-the-radar historic tie to S.F. Victorians," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of top billing

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Top billing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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