- 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 headlining
We have Maya Rudolph, rather than, say, Tina Fey, headlining an attempt to revive the television variety show.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence
May 30, 2014
Albert spent three years on the road, headlining in small clubs and opening for rock stars like Neil Diamond in larger halls.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career
April 13, 2014
The Scott brothers are currently headlining three shows, all of them with stellar ratings.The ‘Property Brothers’ Are Reality Television’s Crack Cocaine
September 8, 2013
Basically we came back and we were packing out venues and we were headlining over all the bands.Meet Saint Laurent's New Muses, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears
August 20, 2013
Rumsfeld will be headlining a CPAC jaunt to Sarah Palin country in July, floating on a weeklong cruise through Alaska.The Right Invades Washington
Samuel P. Jacobs, Shushannah Walshe
February 8, 2011
- 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 headlining
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.