Definition of running head in English:

running head

(also running headline)


  • A heading printed at the top of each page of a book or chapter.

    • ‘I hadn't changed the running head, which very unfortunately reflects a now de-emphasised theoretical aspect.’
    • ‘One's only criticism is not of the editor but of the publisher: one wishes Palgrave had placed the relevant year as a running head at the top of each page.’
    • ‘The title for the third section, ‘Hymns and Spiritual Songs,’ is derived from the running head of the book.’
    • ‘It seems that students don't always see the beauty or utility of running heads or hanging indents.’
    • ‘I suggest to the series editor that, for future volumes, the chapter number and brief title be a running head for the end notes.’


running head