Definition of cover story in English:

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cover story



1A magazine article that is illustrated or advertised on the front cover.
Example sentences
  • A front page cover story or a feature spread in a magazine helps boost exposure, thereby boosting potential sales.
  • The article is the cover story of the Washington Post Magazine this week.
  • Time magazine devoted its cover story to the subject two weeks ago.
2A fictitious account invented to conceal a person’s identity or reasons for doing something.
Example sentences
  • The cover story and the identity documents carried by Tai and his traveling companions were quickly discovered to be false.
  • He didn't want that campaign to become public, so he invented a cover story, repeated it under oath, and stuck to it on multiple occasions.
  • He felt he had to invent a cover story to go around this, to make it believable.
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