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masthead

[mast-hed, mahst-]
noun
1.
Also called flag. a statement printed in all issues of a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually on the editorial page, giving the publication's name, the names of the owner and staff, etc.
2.
Also called nameplate. a line of type on the front page of a newspaper or the cover of a periodical giving the name of the publication.
3.
Nautical.
a.
the head of a mast.
b.
the uppermost point of a mast.
verb (used with object) Nautical.
4.
to hoist a yard to the fullest extent.
5.
to hoist to the truck of a mast, as a flag.
6.
to send to the upper end of a mast as a punishment.
adjective
7.
Nautical. run up to the head of a mast: masthead rig.

Origin:
1740–50; mast1 + head

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masthead (ˈmɑːstˌhɛd)
 
n
1.  nautical
 a.  the head of a mast
 b.  (as modifier): masthead sail
2.  Also called: flag the name of a newspaper or periodical, its proprietors, staff, etc, printed in large type at the top of the front page
 
vb
3.  to send (a sailor) to the masthead as a punishment
4.  to raise (a sail) to the masthead

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masthead
1748, "top of a ship's mast" (the place for the display of flags), hence, from 1838, "top of a newspaper;" from mast (1) + head.
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