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; head.
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.

1620–30; head + line1

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headline (ˈhɛdˌlaɪn)
1.  head, Also called: heading
 a.  a phrase at the top of a newspaper or magazine article indicating the subject of the article, usually in larger and heavier type
 b.  a line at the top of a page indicating the title, page number, etc
2.  (usually plural) 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
4.  (tr) to furnish (a story or page) with a headline
5.  to have top billing (in)

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Word Origin & History

1676, from head + line. 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.
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Example sentences
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.
Images for headline
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