1. The title or heading of an article, especially in a newspaper, usually set in large type.
2. often headlines An important or sensational piece of news.
3. A line at the head of a page or passage giving information such as the title, author, and page number.
tr.v. head·lined, head·lin·ing, head·lines
1. To supply (a page or passage) with a headline.
a. To present or promote as a headliner: The Palace Theater headlines a magician.
b. To serve as the headliner of: He headlines the bill.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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