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Meaning of “headline” in the English Dictionary

"headline" in British English

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headlinenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhed.laɪn/
B1 a ​line of words ​printed in ​largeletters as the ​title of a ​story in a ​newspaper, or the ​mainpoints of the ​news that are ​broadcast on ​television or ​radio: The ​news of his ​death was ​splashed in headlines ​across all the ​newspapers. the eight o'clock headlines
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headlineverb [T + obj + noun ]

uk   us   /ˈhed.laɪn/

headlineadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈhed.laɪn/
a headline ​amount, ​number, or ​rate is the most ​important one or the one that ​peoplenotice most: The ​creditcardcompany will ​cutits headline rate of ​interest to 19.9 ​percent. The headline figure of 3.6 ​percent isn't as ​bad as it ​looks if you ​exclude the ​effects of ​oilprices.
(Definition of headline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"headline" in American English

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headlinenoun [C]

 us   /ˈhed·lɑɪn/
  • headline noun [C] (LARGE PRINT)

words ​printed in ​largeletters at the ​top of a ​newspaperstory that ​serve as ​itstitle

headlineverb

  • headline verb (PERFORM)

 us   /ˈhed·lɑɪn/ [I/T] to be the most ​famous or ​importantperformer or ​speaker to take ​part in an ​event: Since last ​year, she has headlined at least 32 ​fundraisingevents.
  • headline verb (PROVIDE WORDS AT TOP)

 /ˈhed·lɑɪn/ [T] to ​provide a ​newspaperstory with a headline: She was ​judged fourth in a ​newsstory headlined: "New York's 100 Coolest People."
(Definition of headline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"headline" in Business English

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headlineadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈhedlaɪn/ UK ECONOMICS
a headline ​figure, ​number, or ​rateincludes everything that affects it: If you take the headline ​figure for ​personalborrowing of £1,000 bn, it looks a ​bit scary. The new ​investmentdealoffers a headline ​rate of 6.9% before ​tax, 5.52% ​net.
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(Definition of headline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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