- a heading in a newspaper for any written material, sometimes for an illustration, to indicate subject matter, set in larger type than that of the copy and containing one or more words and lines and often several banks.
- the largest such heading on the front page, usually at the top.
- the line at the top of a page, containing the title, pagination, etc.
- to furnish with a headline.
- to mention or name in a headline.
- to publicize, feature, or star (a specific performer, product, etc.).
- to be the star of (a show, nightclub act, etc.)
- to be the star of an entertainment.
Origin of headline
Examples from the Web for headline
This same outlet worked the phrase “engagement to toyboy lover” into the headline of their article on Fry.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
The disbelief was evident in article after article, with one conservative site using “President Pinocchio” in its headline.Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
In the latest Weekly Standard can be found an editorial under the headline “The Benghazi Whitewash.”Rand Paul Won’t Let Benghazi Die
December 2, 2014
Aside from the obvious “Senate takeover” headline, there were plenty of other side stories worth noting, as well.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
Back then, the Times described Kasich in a headline as “A Republican with rough edges.”John Kasich: The GOP’s Hobbled 2016 Dark Horse
W. James Antle III
November 3, 2014
I'd rather write one good novel than all the headline stuff in the world.The Harbor
She seized the yellow journal, and threw her glance from headline to headline.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
“Groan yourself,” said Mr. Mix, and put a trembling finger on the headline.Rope
I can see the face of my friend June Travis when she reads that headline.The Crystal Ball
Roy J. Snell
"Good for Lem," said Johnnie, and he handed her the paper, pointing to a headline.In Pawn
Ellis Parker Butler
- Also called: head, heading
- a phrase at the top of a newspaper or magazine article indicating the subject of the article, usually in larger and heavier type
- a line at the top of a page indicating the title, page number, etc
- (usually plural) the main points of a television or radio news broadcast, read out before the full broadcast and summarized at the end
- hit the headlines to become prominent in the news
- (tr) to furnish (a story or page) with a headline
- to have top billing (in)
Word Origin and History for headline
1670s, from head (n.) in sense "heading of a book or chapter" (c.1200) + line (n.). Originally a printers' term for the line at the top of a page containing the title and page number; used of newspapers from 1890, and transferred unthinkingly to broadcast media. Headlinese "language peculiar to headlines" is from 1927. Headlines "important news" is from 1908.