What does headline mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. headline, newspaper headlineverb

    the heading or caption of a newspaper article

  2. headlineverb

    publicize widely or highly, as if with a headline

  3. headlineverb

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


  1. Headlinenoun

    (Journalism) A title for an article in a newspaper, sometimes one line, sometimes more, set in larger and bolder type than the body of the article and indicating the subject matter or content of the article.

  2. Headlinenoun

    A similar title at the top of the newspaper indicating the most important story of the day; also, a title for an illustration or picture.

  3. headlineverb

    To mention in a headline.

  4. headlineverb

    To furnish with a headline (senses 1, 3, or 4).

  5. headlineverb

    To publicise prominently in an advertisement.


  1. headlinenoun

    A heading or title of an article

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

  2. headlinenoun

    The top-billed attraction

  3. headlineverb

    To have top billing; to be the main attraction

Webster Dictionary

  1. Headlinenoun

    the line at the head or top of a page

  2. Headlinenoun

    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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of headline in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of headline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of headline in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    We are going to continue to pursue the strategy that has the best chance of working even though it does not offer the satisfaction, I guess, of a neat headline or an immediate resolution.

  2. Peter Cardillo:

    This headline news (on trade) is giving investors a reason to take some profits off the table.

  3. The Commission chief spokesman:

    I think it's more than tasteless that some press try to make an insulting headline by exploiting President Juncker's pain, i don't think this is elegant and I don't think this is fair.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    An effective way to de-stress or relax own life is to stay away from those who often watch news and talk the most about its headline topics and politics.

  5. Jason Ware:

    It's more of a headline risk than a real risk.

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