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

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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,, "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,, "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,, "Will President Trump bring up North Korea's dreadful human rights record when he meets Kim Jong Un?," 11 June 2018 Ant-Man may get top billing, but Hope is the one driving the action. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Importance of Small Stories in Big Universes," 5 July 2018 That’s a switch from May 2017, when the economy got top billing. Christine Mai-duc,, "Trump's immigration agenda forces California GOP candidates to navigate a tricky course," 24 June 2018 Grammy-winning jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill and jazz ensemble Resist share top billing with the dancers., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 Often the sole performer of color to receive top billing and awards season attention, she felt compelled to take action after viewing Afro-feminist Amandine Gay’s documentary short, Aïssa Maïga. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Aïssa Maïga Brought the Fight for Representation to Cannes," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of top billing

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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