top billing


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

Examples of top billing in a Sentence

despite being of epic proportions, the famine overseas rarely received top billing in the American press
Recent Examples on the Web Although rage is the passion that gets top billing in the book, it is made to share the stage with another feeling: shame. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 One such scofflaw that gets top billing in Hiltzik’s column is Home Depot, which in June settled a class-action lawsuit over wage theft to the tune of $72.5 million. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2023 Week 2 predictions:Cathedral-Brownsburg gets top billing of tasty matchups Other 4A teams to change sectionals are Columbia City, Muncie Central, Connersville and Bedford North Lawrence. The Indianapolis Star, 24 Aug. 2023 If the Cavs get off to a fast start, the boost in confidence could carry into a demanding early season road trip to Oklahoma City, Golden State, Sacramento and Portland. Oct. 31 vs. New York Typically, the opener gets top billing. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2023 Watches are increasingly getting top billing in streaming series and movies. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2023 And for the first time, Auberge Resorts' Hotel Jerome, in Aspen, took top billing in Colorado. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 In Molli and Max in the Future, Athari shares top billing with Mamet in a science-fiction romance comedy that Variety described as a futuristic remake of When Harry Met Sally. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 7 July 2023 Fireworks may get top billing on this week’s lineup of activities, but there’s alot more happening throughout the region. The Hub, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of top billing was in 1924

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“Top billing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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