I. noun Date: 1824 1. words set at the head of a passage or page to introduce or categorize 2. a. a head of a newspaper story or article usually printed in large type and giving the gist of the story or article that follows b. plural front-page news <
the scandal made headlines
II. transitive verb Date: 1891 1. to provide with a headline 2. to publicize highly 3. to be engaged as a leading performer in (a show) III. adjective Date: 1939 deserving mention in a headline ; very noteworthy <
the headline abduction of a diplomat

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