Definition of masthead in English:


Line breaks: mast|head
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːsthɛd


  • 1The highest part of a ship’s mast or of the lower section of a mast.
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    • Traditionally, mastheads and yardarms of RN ships were decorated with bunches of greenery, a task carried out by the boatswain's party in the dark hours of the night on December 24.
    • The most unusual object we shipped was the masthead from the cruise ship Andrea Doria.
    • The first stamp shows a sailor sighting land from the masthead of the 1502 ship.
  • 2The title of a newspaper or magazine at the head of the first or editorial page: the paper lists forty smart writers on its masthead
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    • On the front page of this newspaper, above the masthead, you will find our motto ‘Born To Make A Difference’.
    • An extract from this woodcut is in the masthead of this page.
    • The design director, a masthead editor or the news desk should be consulted on doubtful cases or proposals for exceptions.
  • 2.1chiefly North American The listed details in a newspaper or magazine referring to ownership, editorial staff, advertising rates, etc..
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    • Advisory Editors currently serving on the board are listed on the masthead.
    • One of the more obvious is the new masthead on the cover of this magazine.
    • It's to the point where maybe I should get credit in their mastheads.


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  • 1 historical Send (a sailor) to the masthead as a punishment: get below, sir, or I’ll masthead you!
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    • Plus, for the actors, there's the chance to utter the kind of lines - "Get below, sir, or I'll masthead you!"
    • If that observer is mastheaded, his range of vision is enormously increased as, again, is the visibility of the object by every additional foot in height.
    • And in this stretch of ocean, lookouts were mastheaded at day-dawn and kept mastheaded until twilight of evening, when the Mary Turner was hove-to, to hold her position through the night.
  • 2Raise (a flag or sail) to the masthead: the Royal Standard was mastheaded

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