Definition of headline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛdlʌɪn/


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 a broadcast news bulletin: issues that are never long out of the headlines the war at sea began to hit 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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  • The story was headline news for two weeks.
  • His excessive lifestyle and battles with drug addiction have made headline news for much of his life.
  • Why is this not headline news on every media outlet?
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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  • Between bands, the crowd wandered around, anxiously awaiting the headline act.
  • By the time they had their TV debut on the Ed Sullivan show, they were already a headline act.
  • When he took the stage the reception was as if he was the headline act.
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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  • In addition, 'core' inflation tends to lag the headline rate.
  • However, you need to look at more than just the headline rate of interest.
  • The headline rate of inflation, RPI, also remained steady at 2.9%.


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): Nirvana headlined the 1992 Reading Festival [no object]: they are headlining at the Town & Country club
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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.

Words that rhyme with headline

breadline, deadline, redline

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Line breaks: head|line

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