from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The title or heading of an article, especially in a newspaper, usually set in large type.
  • noun An important or sensational piece of news.
  • noun A line at the head of a page or passage giving information such as the title, author, and page number.
  • transitive verb To supply (a page or passage) with a headline.
  • transitive verb To present or promote as a headliner.
  • transitive verb To serve as the headliner of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A line or rope attached to the head of an animal, as a bullock.
  • noun In printing, the line at the top of the page, which contains the folio or number of the page, with the title of the book (technically known as the running head), or the subject of the chapter or of the page.
  • noun One of the lines in the title of a newspaper article, printed in large type to attract attention.
  • noun Same as head-fast.
  • To announce, refer to, or mention in the large print of newspaper head-lines; give prominence to in head-lines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To mention in a headline.
  • transitive verb To furnish with a headline (senses 1, 3, or 4).
  • transitive verb To publicise prominently in an advertisement.
  • noun (Print.) The line at the head or top of a page.
  • noun (Naut.) See Headrope.
  • noun (Journalism) A title for an article in a newspaper, sometimes one line, sometimes more, set in larger and bolder type than the body of the article and indicating the subject matter or content of the article.
  • noun A similar title at the top of the newspaper indicating the most important story of the day; also, a title for an illustration or picture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A heading or title of an article
  • noun entertainment The top-billed attraction
  • noun nautical A headrope.
  • verb entertainment To have top billing; to be the main attraction

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb provide (a newspaper page or a story) with a headline
  • noun the heading or caption of a newspaper article
  • verb publicize widely or highly, as if with a headline


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