[ hed-lahyn ]
/ ˈhɛdˌlaɪn /

noun Also called head.

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

verb (used without object), head·lined, head·lin·ing.

to be the star of an entertainment.

Origin of headline

First recorded in 1620–30; head + line1
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/ (ˈhɛdˌlaɪn) /


Also called: head, heading
  1. a phrase at the top of a newspaper or magazine article indicating the subject of the article, usually in larger and heavier type
  2. a line at the top of a page indicating the title, page number, etc
(usually plural) the main points of a television or radio news broadcast, read out before the full broadcast and summarized at the end
hit the headlines to become prominent in the news


(tr) to furnish (a story or page) with a headline
to have top billing (in)
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