Definition of cutline in English:



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

    • ‘Double-check the wording and information in any graphic or cutline that goes with your editorial.’
    • ‘If the surface elements (headlines, cutlines, visuals) speak clearly to them, readers will have a head start on the text.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyway, another credit shows her gesturing to some candles; the cutline says ‘Performing a ritual for the internet cybercast Halloween weekend.’’
    • ‘The reporter visitors will probably write headlines and cutlines at first, equipping them to suggest them later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For those of you who missed it, here are some quick headlines and cutlines.’
    • ‘And when it came to the final presentation, there was Carroll - rewriting leads, headlines, subheads, and cutlines.’
    • ‘The cutline explains that Tiger Woods is practicing for a major tournament.’
    • ‘We have seen cutlines and statements by the administration and others talking about London terrorized, terror in London.’
    • ‘The cutline (photo caption) reads: ‘Paul Martin dips his feet into the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver on Sunday.’’
    • ‘Clip and label an example of each of the following: index, byline, cutline, dateline, and headline.’
    • ‘His connection to UW was touted in headlines, cutlines and article text.’
    • ‘Beyond that, maybe some of these ideas might help in writing cutlines.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And reporters who suggest cutlines get pictures that match their body text.’
    • ‘They write the elements most readers read first: headlines, cutlines, blurbs.’
  • 2(in squash) the line above which a served ball must strike the front wall.