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Definition of masthead

What does masthead mean?


  1. a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.
    • synonym of masthead: flag
    • more generic words: list / listing = a database containing an ordered array of items
  2. the title of a newspaper or magazine; usually printed on the front page and on the editorial page
    • more generic word: title = the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.
  3. the head or top of a mast
    • more generic word: top = the upper part of anything
    • part of: mast = a vertical spar for supporting sails

Alternative definition


  1. [nautical] The top of a mast.
  2. [US] A list of a newspaper or other periodical's main staff, contributing writers, publisher, circulation, advertising rates etc.
  3. [UK] The title (normally in a large and distinctive font) of a newspaper at the top of the front page


  1. The masthead is a list, published in a newspaper or magazine, of its staff. In some publications it names only the most senior individuals; in others, it may name many or all. Some mastheads also include information such as the publication's founding date, slogan, logo and contact information.
  2. Masthead is a venture investor.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for masthead

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Google previewThe Web Content Style Guide (2002)

An Essential Reference for Online Writers, Editors, and Managers by Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton, Catherine O'Dowd

masthead The masthead is the area at the top of a webpage that contains essential descriptive information about the organization ( its company name, logo, product name). There is limited space available on the ...

Google previewDesign-it-Yourself Graphic Workshop (2007)

The Step-by-Step Guide by Chuck Green

The masthead is the block of information that defines the publication, posts legal information,identifies the publisher and the key contributors,and...

has extra space above or below it, is hyphenated,and ifit is aligned right, The Masthead The masthead is a newsletter's passport.

The masthead is an area ofthe newsletter, often enclosed within a bordered box,that is a repository of much of that information.

Google previewWhat's Next? (2001)

The Problems and Prospects of Journalism by Robert H. Giles, Robert W. Snyder

Less tangibly but perhaps equally revealing, the third name at the very top of the Time Warner corporate masthead is the person in charge of the firm's on-line efforts.

Google previewPatterson's illustrated nautical encyclopedia (1901)

by Howard Patterson

Masthead. The top part of a mast: that part of a mast from the cross-trees to the cap. To masthead a man is to send him aloft to remain a certain time for punishment. To masthead a yard is to hoist it by the halliards as far as it will gothis is done ...

Google previewThe Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery (1997)

by Junius P. Rodriguez

The masthead of the abolitionist paper the Liberator, 1831. tool by exploiting the newspaper's form and meaning. The outstanding character of a newspaper, particularly the tremendously ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Relations, Second Edition (2013)

by Robert L. Heath

The parts of a newsletter include a consistent grid, nameplate, table of contents, masthead, headers, footers, headlines, subheads, body copy, bylines, pull quotes, captions, and graphics. A grid is a pattern or plan for pages in the newsletter, ...

Google previewThe Frederick Douglass Encyclopedia (2009)


The North Star's masthead spelled out the newspaper's purpose: “The object of the North Star will be to attack slavery in all its forms and aspects; advocate universal emancipation; exalt the standard of public morality; promote the moral and ...

Google previewFarrow's military encyclopedia (1895)

a dictionary of military knowledge by Edward Samuel Farrow

Steam-vessels, when towing other vessels, shall carry 2 bright white masthead lights, vertically, in addition to their side lights, so as to distinguish them from any other steam Vessels. Each of these mast-head lights ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1922)

This arm, therefore, comes ll'l contact with t c bow of the ship before that has actually reached the head of the rigid mast, and gives improved safety as the ship approaches the masthead. Difficulty was experienced with the control of the winch ...

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Scrabble value of M3A1S1T1H4E1A1D2

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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