Definition of headline in English:


Syllabification: head·line
Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌlīn


1A heading at the top of an article or page in a newspaper or magazine: a front-page headline
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  • ‘Sick and tired patients in uproar’ blared one front page headline in a leading daily newspaper.
  • This was the front page headline in the very conservative morning newspaper on December 17th.
  • The next morning, the front page headline described it as his ‘racism shame’.
1.1 (the headlines) The most important items of news in a newspaper or in a broadcast news bulletin: issues that are never long out of the headlines
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  • Which was presumably why the theft of a couple of plants from a south of England nursery made the headlines in every news broadcast throughout the day.
  • Not a single day passes without the word appearing in the headlines of newspapers.
  • Virtually all of the headlines and news stories mentioned the one phrase that captured the essence of the findings.
1.2 [as modifier] Denoting a particularly notable or important piece of news: air accidents make headline news whereas car accidents are seldom publicized
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  • In Seattle the story was front-page banner headline news for the Times.
  • Recent corporate decisions by the British banks to switch thousands of low-end call centre jobs to India resulted in headline news and fury among British unions.
  • Drugs and sport is headline news.
1.3 [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
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  • The only question I had was why this band was not a headline act.
  • Essex's biggest music festival today announced its two headline acts - Britain's own Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Above all, they're a great live band - though they have issued a brace of superb albums - and they've become a popular headline act across Britain and Europe.
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
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  • Economists have been sceptical of the latest reading, which has surprised them with three quarterly increases in the headline unemployment figure.
  • Beneath the headline unemployment figures disturbing trends are emerging.
  • This compares with the headline unemployment rate of about 5.5 per cent.
2.1Denoting 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 percent Compare with core (sense 4) of the noun).
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  • The Consumers' Association recently calculated that shopping for the same basket of goods and other forms of borrowing can cost 40% more with one card despite having the same headline interest rate.
  • For Trichet, the ECB has done its job by holding its headline interest rate steady at a low and "appropriate" level of 2.0 percent, where it has been since June.
  • Experts warned savers not to be blinded by headline interest rates.


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1 [with object and complement] Provide with a headline: a feature that was headlined “Invest in Your Future.”
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  • Part of the blame lies with the source story at the Rutland Herald whose over-eager sub-editors misleadingly headlined the story ‘High school bans blogging’.
  • The Dominion Post newspaper bluntly headlined its special budget report: ‘Is that it?’
  • The Daily Mirror on Saturday headlined its editorial, ‘The deadly legacy of neglect’.
2 [with object] Appear as the star performer at (a concert): an acoustic jam headlined by rappers LL Cool J and De La Soul
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  • Brit Award winners Blue will headline the concert and several other major acts are set to be announced.
  • They called Clare and she found she was headlining the concert.
  • Adams headlined a benefit concert for the victims of the major earthquake that killed 87,000 people, and left 3.5 million people homeless just last year.

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