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1a heading at the top of an article or page in a newspaper or magazine:a front-page headline
) the most important items of news in a newspaper or in a broadcast news bulletin:issues that are never long out of the headlines
[as modifier] denoting a particularly notable or important piece of news:air accidents make headline news whereas car accidents are seldom publicized [as modifier] denoting or relating to the star performer or group at a concert, typically appearing as the last act on the bill:they were one of the headline acts at the festival in Hyde Park
2 [as modifier] Economics denoting or relating to a figure for unemployment based on the unadjusted total number of people out of work, as a percentage of the population:the headline unemployment rate has surprised the markets by dropping slightly denoting or relating to a rate of inflation based on the consumer price index and reflecting all changes to the cost of living that an economy may undergo:the country’s headline inflation had slowed down to 6.87 percentCompare with core (sense 4 of the noun).
1 [with object and complement] provide with a headline:a feature that was headlined “Invest in Your Future.” 2 [with object] appear as the star performer at (a concert):an acoustic jam headlined by rappers LL Cool J and De La Soul