or by-line

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
Related formsun·by·lined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for by-line

Historical Examples of by-line

  • For a second, he stopped as he came to a paper bearing his by-line.


    Lester del Rey

  • The by-line meant that she had turned in an excellent well-written story.

    Signal in the Dark

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • 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

  • 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

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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Word Origin and History for by-line



1926, "line giving the name of the writer of an article in a newspaper or magazine;" it typically reads BY ________. From by (prep.) + line (n.). As a verb by 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper