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[hed-lahyn] /ˈhɛdˌlaɪn/

noun, Also called
a in a newspaper for any written material, sometimes for an illustration, to indicate subject matter, set in larger type than that of the copy and containing one or more words and lines and often several banks.
the largest such heading on the front page, usually at the top.
the at the top of a page, containing the title, pagination, etc.
verb (used with object), headlined, headlining.
to furnish with a headline.
to mention or name in a headline.
to publicize, feature, or star (a specific performer, product, etc.).
to be the star of (a show, nightclub act, etc.)
verb (used without object), headlined, headlining.
to be the star of an entertainment.
Also called head, heading

(usually pl) 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
(transitive) to furnish (a story or page) with a headline
to have top billing (in)

1670s, from head (n.) in sense “heading of a book or chapter” (c.1200) + line (n.). Originally a printers’ term for the line at the top of a page containing the title and page number; used of newspapers from 1890, and transferred unthinkingly to broadcast media. Headlinese “language peculiar to headlines” is from 1927. Headlines “important news” is from 1908.


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