Definitions for headlineˈhɛdˌlaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a heading in a newspaper for any written material, sometimes for an illustration, to indicate subject matter.

    Category: Journalism

  2. the largest such heading on the front page, usu. at the top.

    Category: Journalism

  3. the line at the top of a page, containing the title, pagination, etc.

    Category: Journalism

  4. (v.t.)to furnish with a headline; head.

    Category: Journalism

  5. to mention or name in a headline.

    Category: Journalism

  6. to publicize, feature, or star (a specific performer, product, etc.).

    Category: Showbiz

  7. to be the star of (a show, nightclub act, etc.).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz

  8. (v.i.)to be the star of an entertainment.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. headline, newspaper headline(verb)

    the heading or caption of a newspaper article

  2. headline(verb)

    publicize widely or highly, as if with a headline

  3. headline(verb)

    provide (a newspaper page or a story) with a headline

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. headline(noun)ˈhɛdˌlaɪn

    the title of a main newspaper story


  1. headline(Noun)

    A heading or title of an article

    The headline on today's newspaper reads "John Doe Wins Wood-Splitting Competition."

  2. headline(Noun)

    The top-billed attraction

  3. headline(Verb)

    To have top billing; to be the main attraction

Webster Dictionary

  1. Headline(noun)

    the line at the head or top of a page

  2. Headline(noun)

    see Headrope


  1. Headline

    The headline is the text at the top of a newspaper article, indicating the nature of the article below it. The large type front page headline did not come into use until the late 19th century when increased competition between newspapers led to the use of attention-getting headlines. It is sometimes termed a news hed, a deliberate misspelling that dates from production flow during hot type days, to notify the composing room that a written note from an editor concerned a headline and should not be set in type. Headlines in English often use a unique set of grammatical rules known as Headlinese.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'headline' in Nouns Frequency: #2416

Translations for headline

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the words written in large letters at the top of newspaper articles

I never read a paper in detail; – I just glance at the headlines.

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