or by-line

[ bahy-lahyn ]

  1. a printed line of text accompanying a news story, article, or the like, giving the author's name.

verb (used with object),by·lined, by·lin·ing.
  1. 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

Other words from byline

  • un·by·lined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use byline in a sentence

  • The idea is that a summary of what you have done is far more interesting than a detailed line-by-line activity stream.

    What Did Facebook Change Now? | Brian Ries | September 21, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • We basically did a painstaking, line-by-line vetting by phone with one of the best First Amendment attorneys in the country.

    Red Carpet Underworld | Marty Beckerman | February 4, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • Some male passers-by line up on the edge of the sidewalk and look on with a superior air.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for by-line


  1. journalism a line under the title of a newspaper or magazine article giving the author's name

  2. soccer another word for touchline

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