headline noun

1 title of an article in a newspaper

ADJ. newspaper, tabloid ‘Carnage at Airport’, screamed the tabloid headline. | banner, front-page | screaming | lurid lurid headlines about the sex lives of the stars | sporting, sports

VERB + HEADLINE carry, have, run The Guardian carried the front-page headline ‘Drugs Firms Shamed’. | read, scan, see I just had time to scan the headlines before leaving for work. | be in, capture, dominate, grab, hit, hog, make ~s She's always in the headlines. He always manages to grab the headlines. The hospital hit the headlines when a number of suspicious deaths occurred. The story has been hogging the headlines for weeks. The story was important enough to make the headlines.

HEADLINE + VERB proclaim sth, read sth, say sth, scream sth The Sunday Observer had a headline saying, ‘Pop Star Arrested on Drugs Charges’.

HEADLINE + NOUN news ‘Queen Mother goes on Holiday’ is hardly headline news!

PREP. in a/the ~ The most unusual fact in the story is often used in the headline. | under a/the ~ The Daily Gazette ran a story under the headline ‘Pope's Last Words’. | with a/the ~ a story in the newspaper with the headline ‘Woman Gives Birth on Train’ | ~ about There was a banner headline about drugs in schools.

PHRASES make headline news The engagement of the two tennis stars made headline news.

2 the headlines: main news stories on TV/radio

ADJ. news

VERB + HEADLINE hear, listen to Let's just hear the news headlines. | look at, see, watch