[ suhb-hed ]
/ ˈsʌbˌhɛd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. subgrundation,
  2. subgum,
  3. subha,
  4. subhalide,
  5. subharmonic,
  6. subheading,
  7. subhedral,
  8. subhuman,
  9. subhyoid,
  10. subic bay

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

  • 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.

    Typesetting|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