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Definition of headline noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    headline

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhedlaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedlaɪn//
     
    Journalism
     
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  1. 1[countable] the title of a newspaper article printed in large letters, especially at the top of the front page They ran the story under the headline ‘Home at last!’. The scandal was in the headlines for several days. headline news see also banner headline Wordfinderarticle, columnist, editorial, feature, headline, journalist, newspaper, obituary, review, supplement
  2. 2the headlines [plural] a short summary of the most important items of news, read at the beginning of a news programme on the radio or television Do you mind if I listen to the headlines before we leave? See related entries: Journalism
  3. Extra examples ‘Dog bites man’ is hardly headline news! In Northern Europe, ‘snow in February’ is hardly headline news! He always manages to grab the headlines. I just had time to scan the headlines before leaving for work. Journalists don’t usually write the headlines for their stories. Let’s just hear the news headlines. She’s always in the headlines. The Daily Gazette ran a story under the headline ‘Pope’s Last Words’. The Guardian carried the front-page headline ‘Drugs Firms Shamed’. The Sunday Observer had a headline saying, ‘Pop Star Arrested on Drugs Charges’. The engagement of the two tennis stars made headline news. The headline said ‘Star Arrested’. The hospital hit the headlines when a number of suspicious deaths occurred. The most unusual fact in the story is often used in the headline. The story has been hogging the headlines for weeks. The story was important enough to make the headlines. There was a banner headline about drugs in schools. a story in the newspaper with the headline ‘Woman Gives Birth on Train’ lurid headlines about the sex lives of the starsIdioms
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    to be an important item of news in newspapers or on the radio or television
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