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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Example sentences
Another hand was sent to the royal masthead, who staid nearly an hour, but gave
  up.
She did not, although many of our names appear on the journal's masthead.
Honestly, your masthead contains no names, whatsoever.
In the small world of fashion journalism, any move on the upper half of the
  masthead will have a ripple effect all the way down.
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