top billing

noun

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

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Volcanoes and fires Response to the threat of natural disaster also received top billing in the Murkowski-Cantwell legislation. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state," 12 Feb. 2019 With this, Grande becomes only the fourth female headliner in Coachella's history—and the youngest female artist to receive top billing. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Just Made Coachella History," 3 Jan. 2019 While the new cut is definitely attention-grabbing, Keys's radiant skin fights for top billing. Lindsey V Thompson, Allure, "Alicia Keys Debuted This Perfectly ’90s Swoopy Bob Haircut," 20 July 2018 Hemingway’s story soon appeared in Collier’s alongside hers, with top billing and more dazzle, but the truth had already been written on the sand. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 The Lightning’s fourth line of Ryan Callahan, Cedric Paquette and Chris Kunitz has earned top billing of late, getting the nod for the opening faceoff from head coach Jon Cooper for three straight games. Eric Single, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Lightning Strike Early in Game 5 to Take 3-2 Lead in Eastern Conference Final," 19 May 2018 In addition, Amazon’s own products frequently get top billing in search results and in responses from its voice assistant, Alexa. Sam Schechner And Valentina Pop, WSJ, "EU Starts Preliminary Probe into Amazon's Treatment of Merchants," 19 Sep. 2018 Recently, though, James’s dominance on and off the court has been usurped by the Warriors, who have claimed three of the last four titles and top billing. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "Forecasting The King's Future: Which Team Best Suits LeBron James?," 13 June 2018 The top billing at Tuesday’s summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is undoubtedly the reclusive regime’s nuclear weapons. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Will President Trump bring up North Korea's dreadful human rights record when he meets Kim Jong Un?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of top billing

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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