Definition of cutline in English:



  • 1North American The caption to a photograph or other illustration.

    ‘the cutline submitted by the photographer accurately described the event’
    • ‘For those of you who missed it, here are some quick headlines and cutlines.’
    • ‘Beyond that, maybe some of these ideas might help in writing cutlines.’
    • ‘Clip and label an example of each of the following: index, byline, cutline, dateline, and headline.’
    • ‘When feasible, include in the cutline an explanation of any special effects used in creating the photo illustration, especially if it aids the viewer's understanding of the photo.’
    • ‘If you do send in clips, I'll be looking at headlines, cutlines, weird indents (I hope I don't run across too many), cropping, teases and just about anything else on the page that involves detail work.’
    • ‘‘Take a break from the kitchen’ reads the cutline on the brochure of a seaside resort near Kovalam that is planning an Onam holiday extravaganza.’
    • ‘It is joyous stuff, evoking for me not only happy days of yore in Len's studio but also shoring up my belief that Len's cutlines (captions, you'd say) were masterpieces of the English language.’
    • ‘His connection to UW was touted in headlines, cutlines and article text.’
    • ‘Anyway, another credit shows her gesturing to some candles; the cutline says ‘Performing a ritual for the internet cybercast Halloween weekend.’’
    • ‘Here's the editor of the paper making sure every word of a cutline or a drop head was right, not just the main headline or the lede.’
    • ‘They write the elements most readers read first: headlines, cutlines, blurbs.’
    • ‘If you're not going to give away the news in your lead, don't give it away in the headline or front-page photo cutline either.’
    • ‘And when it came to the final presentation, there was Carroll - rewriting leads, headlines, subheads, and cutlines.’
    • ‘If the surface elements (headlines, cutlines, visuals) speak clearly to them, readers will have a head start on the text.’
    • ‘The reporter visitors will probably write headlines and cutlines at first, equipping them to suggest them later.’
    • ‘And reporters who suggest cutlines get pictures that match their body text.’
    • ‘The cutline (photo caption) reads: ‘Paul Martin dips his feet into the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver on Sunday.’’
    • ‘We have seen cutlines and statements by the administration and others talking about London terrorized, terror in London.’
    • ‘The cutline explains that Tiger Woods is practicing for a major tournament.’
    • ‘Double-check the wording and information in any graphic or cutline that goes with your editorial.’
  • 2(in squash) the line above which a served ball must strike the front wall.