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 Then came three years as the Bowl and three as the GoDaddy Bowl before Dollar General took top billing on a three-year deal. Mark Heim |, al, "Mobile bowl game refutes report ESPN, NCAA nixed Barstool as title sponsor," 26 Nov. 2019 The four-time All-NBA point guard took top billing with 41 percent of the answers, ahead of Golden State’s Stephen Curry (37 percent) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (15 percent). oregonlive, "Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard named league’s ‘best leader’ in annual GM survey," 17 Oct. 2019 Hoyer was collateral damage in the tug of war between Brady and Belichick for top billing in the Patriots’ long-running dynasty. Globe Staff,, "Some thoughts on changes in the Patriots’ roster composition," 1 Sep. 2019 Bluejack National, a resort community in Montgomery northwest of Houston, earned top billing in Golf Inc. Magazine for the best new amenities in the nation among private clubs. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Bluejack National earns Golf Inc. 'best new amenities' award," 28 Aug. 2019 Game ball: Give top billing to McGill-Toolen defense and special teams, which accounted for 16 points. al, "McGill-Toolen earns dominant Saturday win," 28 Sep. 2019 The golfer’s diet is very similar to the tennis player’s with steaks, fruit and energy foods enjoying top billing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Maureen Connolly worked as a cub reporter when she wasn’t winning world tennis titles," 17 Sep. 2019 What started as someone sort of playing in the background or as part of an underpainting slowly built to characters with top billing, Brantley said. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: New law bars Illinois employers from asking for pay history, neighbors wary of land grab by elite Lincoln Park school and other things to know to start your day," 1 Aug. 2019 Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, shares top billing with Future. Chuck Yarborough,, "Los Lobos and rappers Future and Meek Mill top this week’s Also Playing," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of top billing

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Dec 2019

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“Top billing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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