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  1. a title or heading of a subdivision, as in a chapter, essay, or newspaper article.
  2. a subordinate division of a title or heading.
  3. the immediate subordinate of the president or other head of an educational institution.
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Also sub·head·ing (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of subhead

First recorded in 1580–90; sub- + head
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British Dictionary definitions for subheading



  1. the heading or title of a subdivision or subsection of a printed work
  2. a division subordinate to a main heading or title
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Word Origin and History for subheading



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

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