Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line of dialogue intended to cause laughter: "actors who are directed . . . to cutely underline every nuance and laughline” ( Laurie Winer).
  • n. A lasting wrinkle or collection of wrinkles formed at the outer corner of the eye, especially noticeable when one laughs or smiles.

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Examples

  • She's glad to be here with the people of Independence, Missouri, 'where so many of you proudly cling to your guns and your religion' -- the first laughline in a 40-minute stump speech that alludes to many of the perceived insults she and her audience have suffered together, and that transforms their resentments into badges of honor.

    Vanity Fair: Sarah Palin's 'sad and moldering strangeness'

  • In America, this would have been a simple task — picking out from the sea of glamorous, young faces the occasional laughline of an Oprah, Martha Stewart or one of the consecutive series of models and celebrities on the cover of More Magazine.

    Shock and Awe at the Swedish Magazine Rack (The Boomer Blog)

  • My skin seems a little more "plump," - the minimal wrinkles in my laughline and eyes are less noticable.

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  • Al Gore was a laughline at the paper, while where Bush was concerned we seemed to suffer from the soft bigotry of low expectations. "

    Brilliant at Breakfast

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