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[bahy-lahyn] /ˈbaɪˌlaɪn/ Journalism.
a printed line of text accompanying a news story, article, or the like, giving the author's name.
verb (used with object), bylined, bylining.
to accompany with a byline:
Was the newspaper report bylined or was it anonymous?
Origin of byline
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; by- + line1
Related forms
unbylined, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For a second, he stopped as he came to a paper bearing his by-line.

    Pursuit Lester del Rey
  • The by-line meant that she had turned in an excellent well-written story.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • So when two of them appear in one by-line, it can certainly be called a scoop; so that's what we'll call it.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • Many times Penny, ever alert for news, had enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing her stories appear with a by-line.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • The footnotes indicating the narrator have been moved to a by-line directly under the title of the story.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • My stuff was run verbatim under a by-line and afterward picked up by the wire services.

    The Scapegoat Richard Maples
British Dictionary definitions for by-line


(journalism) a line under the title of a newspaper or magazine article giving the author's name
(soccer) another word for touchline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for by-line



1926, "line giving the name of the writer of an article in a newspaper or magazine;" it typically reads BY ________. From by (prep.) + line (n.). As a verb by 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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