9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[hed-lahyn] /ˈhɛdˌlaɪn/
noun, Also called head
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.
the largest such heading on the front page, usually at the top.
the line 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.
Origin of headline
1620-30; head + line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for headline
  • Whenever a shark-caused human fatality occurs, it makes headline news.
  • So we're asking you, dear readers, to supply a proper caption for the picture and headline above.
  • In this case we'll choose a headline from the closest date possible.
  • Invite students to brainstorm ideas for a new headline for this story.
  • Ask them to write why they think their headline introduces the story.
  • As for that headline, the range of emotions it provoked have clearly set off a conversation.
  • Even legitimate researchers cut corners, and some worry that the lure of a great headline might be warping results.
  • The headline is misleading and that approach is a financial corner colleges and universities have painted themselves into.
  • If those price increases push up headline inflation, central bankers may eventually feel compelled to raise interest rates.
  • headline inflation rates have risen thanks to commodity prices.
British Dictionary definitions for headline


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
(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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for headline

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for headline

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for headline

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with headline

Nearby words for headline