a title or heading of a subdivision, as in a chapter, essay, or newspaper article.
a subordinate division of a title or heading.
the immediate subordinate of the president or other head of an educational institution.

Also sub·head·ing (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of subhead

First recorded in 1580–90; sub- + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sub-heading

Historical Examples of sub-heading

  • Already about two miles and a half of the sub-heading have been driven.

  • The main heading was Physical and the sub-heading Medical History.

    Brink of Madness

    Walter J. Sheldon

  • A sub-heading is a secondary heading and may be in the center of the measure or a side heading at the beginning of the line.


    A. A. Stewart

Word Origin and History for sub-heading



"smaller heading or title in a book, chapter, newspaper, etc.," 1875, from sub- + head (n.) in the sense of "heading, headline."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper