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masthead

[mast-hed, mahst-]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nautical.
    1. the head of a mast.
    2. the uppermost point of a mast.
verb (used with object) Nautical.
  1. to hoist a yard to the fullest extent.
  2. to hoist to the truck of a mast, as a flag.
  3. to send to the upper end of a mast as a punishment.
adjective
  1. Nautical. run up to the head of a mast: masthead rig.

Origin of masthead

First recorded in 1740–50; mast1 + head
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Examples from the Web for masthead

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  • They saw the banner of Castile come fluttering down from the masthead.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for masthead

masthead

noun
  1. nautical
    1. the head of a mast
    2. (as modifier)masthead sail
  2. 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
verb (tr)
  1. to send (a sailor) to the masthead as a punishment
  2. to raise (a sail) to the masthead
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Word Origin and History for masthead

n.

1748, "top of a ship's mast" (the place for the display of flags), hence, from 1838, "top of a newspaper;" from mast (n.1) + head (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper