Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


One plainly saw the title, part of a head-line, and the date.

The head-line experts did telling work in the same connection.

She was about to toss the paper aside when a head-line caught her eye.

As she thrust it under her arm her eye caught a word of a head-line.

He caught up the pile of newspapers and began to glance through each in turn for the head-line: "Wills Admitted to Probate."

To keep him in the field as their head-line attraction they had paid $1,000 to Mr. Peary for the very venture now in question.

Like the school-boy at his copy, he can only expect to succeed by keeping his eye fixed upon his head-line.

Let us compare our lines with the head-line, and earnestly seek to produce a faithful copy thereof.

The head-line is Spanish Hand-book throughout, upon both sides of the page.

The head-line is Letters to His Wife throughout, upon both sides of the page.


1670s, from head (n.) in sense "heading of a book or chapter" (c.1200) + line (n.). Originally a printers' term for the line at the top of a page containing the title and page number; used of newspapers from 1890, and transferred unthinkingly to broadcast media. Headlinese "language peculiar to headlines" is from 1927. Headlines "important news" is from 1908.