1 (Also called)
a a phrase at the top of a newspaper or magazine article indicating the subject of the article, usually in larger and heavier type
b a line at the top of a page indicating the title, page number, etc.
2 usually pl the main points of a television or radio news broadcast, read out before the full broadcast and summarized at the end
hit the headlines to become prominent in the news
4 tr to furnish (a story or page) with a headline
5 to have top billing (in)
n a basic rate of inflation, taxation, etc., before distorting factors have been removed
the headline rate of inflation
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