Etymology
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headliner (n.)

1891, "one who writes newspaper headlines;" 1896 as "one who stars in a performance;" from headline + -er (1).

updated on September 07, 2012

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Definitions of headliner from WordNet

headliner (n.)
a performer who receives prominent billing;
Synonyms: star
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