1 title of an article in a newspaper
newspaper, tabloid

‘Carnage at Airport!’ screamed the tabloid headline.

banner, front-page
lurid (esp. BrE), screaming, sensational

lurid headlines about the sex lives of the stars

sporting (BrE), sports
carry, have, run

The paper carried the front-page headline ‘Drugs Company Shamed’.

read, scan, see

I just had time to scan the headlines before leaving for work.

be in, capture, dominate, generate, get, grab, hit, hog (esp. BrE), make headlines

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.


Journalists don't usually write the headlines for their stories.

announce sth, blare sth (esp. AmE), declare sth, proclaim sth, read sth, say sth, scream sth

The headline said ‘Star Arrested’.


‘Dog bites man’ is hardly headline news!

in a/the headline

The most unusual fact in the story is often used in the headline.

under a/the headline

The Daily Gazette ran a story under the headline ‘Pope's Last Words’.

with a/the headline

a story in the newspaper with the headline ‘Woman Gives Birth on Train’

headline about

There was a banner headline about drugs in schools.

make headline news

The engagement of the two tennis stars made headline news.

2 the headlines main news stories on TV/radio

Let's just hear the news headlines.

look at, see, watch

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