Definition of cover story in English:

cover story

noun

  • 1A magazine article that is illustrated or advertised on the front cover.

    • ‘By now the trend is prominent enough to have merited a New York Times Magazine cover story.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, it was actually Jonah's magazine that did a cover story a full month ago.’
    • ‘A recent cover story in an international news magazine described how Asia's highways take a heavy toll.’
    • ‘God bless Newsweek magazine for running a cover story on the final season of Friends this past week.’
    • ‘The Atlantic Monthly ran a front cover story and then state senator Tom Hayden held hearings in Sacramento.’
    • ‘In a cover story nearly three decades ago, the magazine investigated and editorialized on the issue.’
    • ‘You did an excellent cover story in Newsweek magazine this past week.’
    • ‘The trend is the subject of a cover story in this weeks ‘Fortune’ magazine written by yours truly.’
    • ‘But if Levitt's data is as solid as he makes it out to be, he should be able to get a cover story in a major magazine.’
    • ‘In fact, my magazine wrote a cover story with a picture of a light shining into the Oval Office.’
    • ‘A front page cover story or a feature spread in a magazine helps boost exposure, thereby boosting potential sales.’
    • ‘As this month's cover story illustrates, this is an exciting time to be a graduate student in psychology.’
    • ‘In addition to our cover story, this edition features two articles about African American art.’
    • ‘David Amsden makes a similar point in his recent New York Magazine cover story.’
    • ‘I wanted to call your attention to the cover story in the latest issue of Style magazine.’
    • ‘Note - that chart with the prices is from a Time Magazine cover story in 1991.’
    • ‘Here is the Time magazine cover story on why the French are different, which includes a look at fashion in Paris.’
    • ‘The article is the cover story of the Washington Post Magazine this week.’
    • ‘Two weeks later, he wrote about his trip in a cover story for the magazine in London.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘The immigration service failed to spot the hijackers' bogus passports, questionable cover stories and false statements.’
    • ‘Captain Wise and I both suspected that this was a cover story - it seemed too realistic to be another exercise.’
    • ‘They also discussed their cover story with the bartender, who was an unwitting accomplice.’
    • ‘He felt he had to invent a cover story to go around this, to make it believable.’
    • ‘Perhaps Jessie would be thankful for the cut on her neck if it had helped create a possible cover story for the murder.’
    • ‘It is easy for an agent to use a plausible cover story to establish connections with an existing cell.’
    • ‘The interrogations impressed some of the group with the importance of remembering the details of their cover stories.’
    • ‘Non-Vietnamese speakers were given Vietnamese identification and cover stories.’
    • ‘Several major lies form the basis for the cover story.’
    • ‘The cover story and the identity documents carried by Tai and his traveling companions were quickly discovered to be false.’
    • ‘Despite the time they had spent developing their cover stories, both of them decided to remain illegal and not use their work papers.’
    • ‘The presence of such overt intelligence missions also creates plausible cover stories.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

cover story

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