Definition of headline in English:


Line breaks: head|line
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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    • 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): 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.

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