a line of text giving the place of origin and usually the date of a news dispatch or the like.

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

to furnish (a news story) with a dateline: He datelines his reports Damascus.

Origin of dateline

First recorded in 1885–90; date1 + line1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dateline

Contemporary Examples of dateline

  • She was first interviewed for a Dateline special back in 2003 by then–NBC correspondent Katie Couric.

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    Elizabeth Smart, Network Pundit?

    Howard Kurtz

    July 7, 2011

  • In March, she told Dateline NBC that Burnett told the Survivor jury, “Rich played the game better.”

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    Richard Hatch Can't Win

    Andy Dehnart

    May 19, 2011

  • When asked about Dateline, Sax said, “I am not going to discuss that.”

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    How Mel Is Winning the Media War

    Nicole LaPorte

    October 11, 2010

  • He has appeared as a guest commentator on Dateline NBC and CBS 48 Hours Mystery.

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    The Pastor's Disappearing Wives

    Steve Huff

    September 15, 2010

  • After being questioned by the Dateline NBC crew and promising them an on-air interview, Tice contacted me by email.

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    The Missing Murder Suspect

    Rick Outzen

    July 31, 2009

Historical Examples of dateline

British Dictionary definitions for dateline



journalism the date and location of a story, placed at the top of an article
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Word Origin and History for dateline

1880, imaginary line down the Pacific Ocean on which the calendar day begins and ends, from date (n.1) + line (n.). Meaning "line of text that tells the date and place of origin of a newspaper, article, telegram, etc." is from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper