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headline

[hed-lahyn] /ˈhɛdˌlaɪn/
noun, Also called head
1.
a heading 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.
2.
the largest such heading on the front page, usually at the top.
3.
the line at the top of a page, containing the title, pagination, etc.
verb (used with object), headlined, headlining.
4.
to furnish with a headline; head.
5.
to mention or name in a headline.
6.
to publicize, feature, or star (a specific performer, product, etc.).
7.
to be the star of (a show, nightclub act, etc.)
verb (used without object), headlined, headlining.
8.
to be the star of an entertainment.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; head + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for head-line

headline

/ˈhɛdˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
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
2.
(usually pl) the main points of a television or radio news broadcast, read out before the full broadcast and summarized at the end
3.
hit the headlines, to become prominent in the news
verb
4.
(transitive) to furnish (a story or page) with a headline
5.
to have top billing (in)
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Word Origin and History for head-line

headline

n.

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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