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

  • n. The title or caption of a newspaper article, usually set in large type.
  • n. An important or sensational piece of news. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A line at the head of a page or passage giving information such as the title, author, and page number.
  • transitive v. To supply (a page or passage) with a headline.
  • transitive v. To present or promote as a headliner: The Palace Theater headlines a magician.
  • transitive v. To serve as the headliner of: He headlines the bill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heading or title of an article
  • n. The top-billed attraction
  • n. A headrope.
  • v. To have top billing; to be the main attraction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The line at the head or top of a page.
  • n. See Headrope.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To mention in a headline.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a headline (senses 1, 3, or 4).
  • transitive v. To publicise prominently in an advertisement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To announce, refer to, or mention in the large print of newspaper head-lines; give prominence to in head-lines.
  • n. A line or rope attached to the head of an animal, as a bullock.
  • n. 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.
  • n. One of the lines in the title of a newspaper article, printed in large type to attract attention.
  • n. Same as head-fast.

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

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


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