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

  • n. A featured story in a magazine that concerns the illustration on the cover.
  • n. A false story intended to deceive or mislead: The spy's cover story required posing as a diplomat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A story that appears on the front page of a publication.
  • n. A fictitious account that is intended to hide one's real motive.


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  • Then one day, at the grocery store, I came across an issue of Time magazine that featured a cover story about the media frenzy and big business surrounding Selenas death.

    Make Your Life Prime Time

  • Discovery magazine had run a cover story in May 1997 on microbots, featuring both "flying" and "swimming" models.

    Deception Point

  • In all the ports of call he visited, Ceronio posed as an agent for Willing & Morris, a cover story that allowed him to conduct shipping operations for the Secret Committee without raising suspicion.

    Robert Morris

  • In 1972, the tenth anniversary of her death and the birth year of Ms., the first magazine to be published by and for women, Harriet Lyons, one of its early editors, suggested that Ms. do a cover story about Marilyn called “The Woman Who Died Too Soon.”

    All The Available Light

  • During the campaign, she had been photographed pumping iron for a cover story in George magazineBushs Kissinger: She Can Kick Your Butt Too.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • "Palitaine, on Lorelei," Kosta said, reeling off his cover story with practiced ease.



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