Definition of masthead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːsthɛd/


1The highest part of a ship’s mast or of the lower section of a mast.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[with object]
1 historical Send (a sailor) to the masthead as a punishment: get below, sir, or I’ll masthead you!
More example sentences
  • 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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