Definition of headline in English:



  • 1A heading at the top of an article or page in a newspaper or magazine:

    ‘a front-page headline’
    • ‘‘Sick and tired patients in uproar’ blared one front page headline in a leading daily newspaper.’
    • ‘I would like to say that I saved that for my retirement, which would make a great headline in a newspaper.’
    • ‘Someone folds up a newspaper with a fatalistic headline.’
    • ‘We had a headline in the newspaper stating that one-third of the foreshore was off limits.’
    • ‘It's so easy to just look at the headline of a newspaper and say oh what a horror, what a tragedy, and then turn to the sports section.’
    • ‘Some years ago, a newspaper headline accused him of stalking a woman, though no charges resulted.’
    • ‘I saw a headline in an Israeli newspaper last week - a shooting - and recognised a name, a photograph, a face.’
    • ‘The headline in the newspaper blared that thousands of people were stranded.’
    • ‘This incident might warrant a newspaper headline but it is certainly not a story!’
    • ‘When we see a newspaper headline about half an hour into the story, it's dated 1931.’
    • ‘He described the headline of the article as being the ‘bane’, that is the sting of the libel on his client.’
    • ‘When they see a newspaper headline, they think it has the status of an official announcement.’
    • ‘To date, the genetic debate has taken place in the language of the newspaper headline.’
    • ‘Most of Beijing's newspapers used the same headline and photograph again today.’
    • ‘When the bag is clear, the headline of the newspaper is displayed on one side.’
    • ‘This was the front page headline in the very conservative morning newspaper on December 17th.’
    • ‘Beijing's weather is often the lead headline of local newspapers.’
    • ‘I had the pleasure of reading the headline at a newspaper stand which said ‘BNP Election Misery’.’
    • ‘The only clue he can find is a newspaper headline saying that the city has been evacuated.’
    • ‘The next morning, the front page headline described it as his ‘racism shame’.’
    report, story, account, description, article, piece, write-up, paragraph, column, flash, brief, release, newscast, headline, communication, communiqué, bulletin, feature
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    1. 1.1the 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’
      • ‘He reminded students that the situations and problems that made the headlines on the news did not disappear at the end of the programme.’
      • ‘War and terrorism are the new glamour girls of news that dominate the headlines, deservedly so, it might be said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Race-related news may hog the headlines, but fundamental problems with South African cricket go unnoticed.’
      • ‘Virtually all of the headlines and news stories mentioned the one phrase that captured the essence of the findings.’
      • ‘The news of economic prosperity doesn't tally with the headlines in the newspapers.’
      • ‘Why don't we find a non-cricketing sportsperson on the front page of a newspaper, or in the headlines of a news channel?’
      • ‘They not only furnish the news of the day, but if you look beyond the headlines you can find important clues to how people lived.’
      • ‘With London being the capital, anything weather wise that is extreme always hits the headlines and becomes big news.’
      • ‘They haven't been around a lot in the past couple of weeks, after all, pushed out of the headlines by news, history, and sad, terrible stories.’
      • ‘It doesn't always make the headlines in the evening news, but it's real.’
      • ‘They would be exposed in the headlines of the tabloids and drummed out of office.’
      • ‘It's an attempt to miss the main news bulletin and headlines in the hope that the papers will have missed their deadlines as well.’
      • ‘The tragic and unprecedented scale of last Tuesday's slaughter in the United States forced all other news off the headlines.’
      • ‘They might not grab the headlines of the national news media but they will a lot harder to dismiss as anarchists or well-meaning but naive cranks.’
      • ‘‘Pop star nude in forest’ made the headlines in national newspapers for four days in a row.’
      • ‘When the bad news is in the headlines, you will need confidence in your portfolio selections.’
      • ‘There is a tendency on the part of everyone to judge a historical moment by our own daily affairs and in relation only to the headlines that dominate the news.’
      • ‘We'll get to that in a moment, but, first, we look at some of the headlines and other stories making news this hour.’
      • ‘Periodically another scandal hits the headlines, sometimes dominating the news for months or even years.’
      • ‘Not a single day passes without the word appearing in the headlines of newspapers.’
      report, announcement, story, account
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    2. 1.2[as modifier] Denoting a particularly notable or important piece of news:
      ‘air accidents make headline news whereas car accidents are seldom publicized’
      • ‘Casey's statement was a headline story on the evening news.’
      • ‘In Seattle the story was front-page banner headline news for the Times.’
      • ‘As in newspaper journalism, so in popular book publishing: art only makes headline news when it is lost or stolen, or costs somebody a great deal of money.’
      • ‘Her arrest and trial became headline news.’
      • ‘Finally, journalists on the English-language papers will write headline articles about the case.’
      • ‘The consequences of a patient dying during surgery have made headline news in the medical press recently.’
      • ‘Drugs and sport is headline news.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why is this not headline news on every media outlet?’
      • ‘The article was then wrapped up in a suitably corporate style and a final quote, not unlike last week's headline feature.’
      • ‘What should have been considered a minor security breach by check-in and immigration staff again became a 'security scare' headline story.’
      • ‘The latest issue of The Economist anticipates a second dip in the housing market and is, in the words of the headline article, "Waiting for the other shoe to drop."’
      • ‘It is not these practical problems about housing supply that gives rise to the weekly headline horror stories.’
      • ‘His excessive lifestyle and battles with drug addiction have made headline news for much of his life.’
      • ‘The story was headline news for two weeks.’
      noteworthy, remarkable, outstanding, important, significant, momentous, headline, memorable, unforgettable, pronounced, marked, striking, glaring, obvious, impressive, uncommon, unusual, particular, special, extraordinary, exceptional, conspicuous, rare, signal
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    3. 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’
      • ‘By the time they had their TV debut on the Ed Sullivan show, they were already a headline act.’
      • ‘The headline band, The Outhouse Critics, appearing for the third year running, went down a storm.’
      • ‘When he took the stage the reception was as if he was the headline act.’
      • ‘After their stellar performance at Candlefest the other week, I can't wait to watch them do a headline set.’
      • ‘With an average age of just 19, having already played Glastonbury and in the middle of a headline tour, this group are really hot at the moment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a band worthy of their own headline tour.’
      • ‘Festival organiser Michael Eavis has hinted that next year's headline band had already been confirmed, but he refused to divulge any more information.’
      • ‘Where Glastonbury can at times challenge the listener with its daytime itinerary of acts, it traditionally fills the headline slots with acts who deliver music for the masses.’
      • ‘With a superb and epic set, they're easily worthy of a headline slot.’
      • ‘When ticket sales weren't as brisk as anticipated, headline acts such as the Black Crowes were added to the bill.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Between bands, the crowd wandered around, anxiously awaiting the headline act.’
  • 2Economics
    [as modifier] 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’
    • ‘Apart from improvements in retail sales and the property market, "we have seen stability in the size of the labour force, which will help improve headline unemployment figures," chamber chief economist David O'Rear said.’
    • ‘The headline unemployment rate has surprised the markets by dropping slightly, but the number of people looking for work has also dipped dramatically.’
    • ‘The first section looks at long term employment trends and estimates the scale of 'joblessness' - a broader concept than headline unemployment.’
    • ‘Economists have been sceptical of the latest reading, which has surprised them with three quarterly increases in the headline unemployment figure.’
    • ‘The headline unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a point in both the United States and Canada, to 5.5 per cent in America and 7.2 per cent in Canada.’
    • ‘Beneath the headline unemployment figures disturbing trends are emerging.’
    • ‘And on the surface at least, the economy is looking pretty healthy - inflation is low, just two per cent, and the headline unemployment rate is at its lowest point for nearly a quarter of a century.’
    • ‘This compares with the headline unemployment rate of about 5.5 per cent.’
    • ‘Media pundits and politicians point to trivial decreases in the headline unemployment rate as evidence of economic recovery.’
    • ‘For example, the male headline unemployment rate is currently below the previous cyclical low but the male under-employment rate remains somewhat above the pre-recession low.’
    1. 2.1 Denoting 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
      • ‘The headline interest rate is a good place to start when looking for a savings account but there are other considerations.’
      • ‘This flatters the headline interest cover figure of 5.6 times because what prior to the sale and leaseback was an interest expense on debt is now a rental expense of £2.8 million on leases.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, 'core' inflation tends to lag the headline rate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The best headline interest rate is from EBS with a variable rate of 4.5 per cent, but this only guarantees to pay within 0.5 per cent of the ECB base rate during the five-year term.’
      • ‘However, you need to look at more than just the headline rate of interest.’
      • ‘Experts warned savers not to be blinded by headline interest rates.’
      • ‘When shopping for a financial product it is important to compare more than the headline interest rate.’
      • ‘The headline rate of inflation, RPI, also remained steady at 2.9%.’


  • 1[with object and complement] Provide with a headline:

    ‘a feature that was headlined ‘Invest in your Future’’
    • ‘The daily news press no longer headlined her name and the American people, shocked and saddened, were gradually putting her out of its collective mind.’
    • ‘The Dominion Post newspaper bluntly headlined its special budget report: ‘Is that it?’’
    • ‘The tabloids headlined most national papers with ‘no blood for oil.’’
    • ‘One newspaper headlined the denouement thus: ‘Piano Man Saga Ends Unhappily’.’
    • ‘It's more like a clearing house for news links that are headlined with a ham-handed bias.’
    • ‘The Sun headlined its report on the decision with the word, ‘Crazy’.’
    • ‘La Jornada headlined his death by saying ‘a subversive creator and critic of power has died’.’
    • ‘This gem landed on Vulture Central's desk yesterday afternoon headlining a press release about ringtones from Danish research outfit Strand Consult.’
    • ‘Oh, the Wall Street Journal item on this is headlined: ‘If only we had ways of making him not talk.’’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘One newspaper headlined their lead story with the recession claims of Davy Stockbrokers.’
    • ‘One Reuters dispatch on the planned protests was headlined, ‘Leftists to Disrupt Inauguration.’’
    • ‘The newspaper headlined the story ‘The Arrest of the Confidence Man.’’
    • ‘The Daily Mirror on Saturday headlined its editorial, ‘The deadly legacy of neglect’.’
    • ‘One reviewer headlined the programme ‘Miami Slice.’’
    blazon, display, spread, plaster, trumpet, publicize, broadcast, headline
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  • 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’
    • ‘Back then she was the young star who headlined the tours, dated the hip-hop star, sold the records and got the awards.’
    • ‘They have a long way to go until they can headline a concert but they really know what they're doing.’
    • ‘Last year, the club organised its first concert, which was headlined by The Bootleg Beatles and 1,500 people danced the night away.’
    • ‘They called Clare and she found she was headlining the concert.’
    • ‘Police said crime was down on last year with around 500 reported crimes and 60 arrests at the festival attended by some 60,000 people and headlined by acts like Blur and Metallica.’
    • ‘She starred in a movie, opened a restaurant and headlined a world tour.’
    • ‘She headlined the first-ever revue show in China and reached number four in the American Bilboard Clubplay chart.’
    • ‘The festival kicked-off on Monday night with a special headlining performance from By Divine Right.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brit Award winners Blue will headline the concert and several other major acts are set to be announced.’
    • ‘Of the three headlining performers, two deliver the goods.’
    • ‘Snoop headlined a concert in Hawaii on Saturday night to benefit the U.S. military.’
    • ‘Judging by the band's headlining performance at their Summer Sanitarium show in Toronto, the year might as well have been 1992.’
    • ‘The Revs will headline the concert supported by local bands Sliver and Section 3.’
    • ‘In addition to its internationally-acclaimed circus, there is a sparkling series of big band concerts and tributes headlining.’
    • ‘The more common practice is for a male star and a female counterpart to headline at such a concert.’
    • ‘Shania Twain and her many, many band members headlined the concert and dazzled the crowd with a pyrotechnics display.’
    • ‘The campaign will use concerts and media events headlined by socially-conscious celebrities to drive the internet fundraising.’
    • ‘The Big Town Playboys headline the concert at the Corn Exchange the following night, Saturday June 19.’
    • ‘That first concert was headlined by the awesome Helen Shapiro.’