- Also called flag. a statement printed in all issues of a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually on the editorial page, giving the publication's name, the names of the owner and staff, etc.
- Also called nameplate. a line of type on the front page of a newspaper or the cover of a periodical giving the name of the publication.
- to hoist a yard to the fullest extent.
- to hoist to the truck of a mast, as a flag.
- to send to the upper end of a mast as a punishment.
- Nautical. run up to the head of a mast: masthead rig.
Origin of masthead
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Examples from the Web for masthead
And at both papers, the upper levels of the masthead remained strictly male.The Supreme Court's Cluelessness on Gender Bias
June 22, 2011
The top of the masthead has been occupied by four people in the last five years.Requiem For a Transsexual Sportswriter
December 17, 2009
They saw the banner of Castile come fluttering down from the masthead.Captain Blood
Tom was at the masthead, endeavouring to pick up some landmark.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Signals of distress were seen at her masthead, but no boat could venture out.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
That I might know his boat, I bade him fly a jack a little below the masthead.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
The Miles passed while he stood there, the American flag flying from her masthead.Boy Scouts in the Philippines
G. Harvey Ralphson
- the head of a mast
- (as modifier)masthead sail
- Also called: flag the name of a newspaper or periodical, its proprietors, staff, etc, printed in large type at the top of the front page
- to send (a sailor) to the masthead as a punishment
- to raise (a sail) to the masthead
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Word Origin and History for masthead
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