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[hed-lahy-ner] /ˈhɛdˌlaɪ nər/
a performer whose name appears most prominently in a program or advertisement or on a marquee; star.
Origin of headliner
1890-95; headline + -er1 Unabridged
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  • The headliner can significantly influence the food served to the crew, which can have a palpable effect on the morale of the tour.
  • The picture grew murky as her blood and brains dripped from the car's headliner and slid down the inside of the windows.
  • Often, the opening act heads to the show floor to watch the headliner.
  • The interior is tastefully done in a gray cloth which is continued through to the rear headliner, walls and floor.
  • The headliner isn't woven fabric, but it's not as cheap-looking as traditional mouse fur.
  • It features the best of local talent and a national headliner.
  • The color wall trim panels and headliner shall be molded into the entire component.
British Dictionary definitions for headliner


a performer given prominent billing; star
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Word Origin and History for headliner

1891, "one who writes newspaper headlines;" 1896 as "one who stars in a performance;" from headline + -er (1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for headliner



The main or chief performer; main attraction: She was the headliner last week at the Seven Seas (1896+ Show business)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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