a title or heading of a subdivision, as in a chapter, essay, or newspaper article.
a subordinate division of a title or heading.
the immediate subordinate of the president or other head of an educational institution.
Also, subheading (for defs 1, 2).

1580–90; sub- + head Unabridged
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subheading or subhead (ˈsʌbˌhɛdɪŋ)
1.  the heading or title of a subdivision or subsection of a printed work
2.  a division subordinate to a main heading or title
subhead or subhead

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Word Origin & History

"smaller heading or title in a book, chapter, newspaper, etc.," 1875, from sub- + head (n.) in the sense of "heading, headline."
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Example sentences
Encourage students to keep the subhead in mind as they read each section.
Tell students that a subhead also can be a clue to the main idea.
The headline, along with its novella-length subhead, doesn't help make much
  sense of the story.
Subhead box is a live element of page and will not automatically appear with
  new slide.
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