Definition of masthead in English:



  • 1The highest part of a ship's mast or of the lower section of a mast.

    • ‘Traditionally, mastheads and yardarms of RN ships were decorated with bunches of greenery, a task carried out by the boatswain's party in the dark hours of the night on December 24.’
    • ‘The most unusual object we shipped was the masthead from the cruise ship Andrea Doria.’
    • ‘The first stamp shows a sailor sighting land from the masthead of the 1502 ship.’
    • ‘It was visible from the mastheads of ships some 12 miles away.’
    • ‘The former Leading Seaman Signalman and the Petty Officer Quartermaster proudly broke the pennant which for the life of the ship will fly at her masthead.’
    • ‘He also painted scenes he could not see by raising the eye level to the height of a ship's masthead to get a more interesting view.’
    • ‘‘Lest we forget’ was said by all as Reveille sounded and the Australian National Flag and the Union Jack were returned to the masthead.’
    • ‘Elaborate carving programs were required for the bow, stern, masthead, cat-head, and living quarters of these ships.’
    • ‘But his golden ball was transferred to the masthead of Camperdown.’
    • ‘Sailors may elect to install a tri-color light at the masthead that can be used in place of deckmounted lights when the boat is under sail alone.’
    • ‘I almost expected to see the Jolly Roger flying from the masthead.’
    • ‘Her bowsprit carries two foresails, and her large mainsail is gaff rigged, with an upside-down triangle of topsail to fill the gap at the masthead.’
    • ‘The mastheads were delicately carved with figures and trees, the sails were plain white that buckled and flapped in the winds like swans about to fly.’
    • ‘Thirty-five of the ships have masthead flags. A square flag of St George is the most common flag and appears 41 times.’
    • ‘The men who rode atop the masthead communicated vital information to the ship's Captain necessary to direct and navigate the ship through perilous seas.’
    • ‘He then describes how he was alarmed to see her masthead lights swinging rapidly to starboard.’
  • 2The title of a newspaper or magazine at the head of the first or editorial page.

    ‘the paper lists forty smart writers on its masthead’
    • ‘On the front page of this newspaper, above the masthead, you will find our motto ‘Born To Make A Difference’.’
    • ‘An extract from this woodcut is in the masthead of this page.’
    • ‘The design director, a masthead editor or the news desk should be consulted on doubtful cases or proposals for exceptions.’
    • ‘To prevent a potential and significant revenue loss, the bill closes a loophole involving the sale and lease back of intangibles such as trademarks and newspaper mastheads.’
    • ‘The task was to screw up a newspaper masthead, rip it in half, then draw what you saw, looking at the spaces between letters rather than the actual letters.’
    • ‘And if you read the masthead box on page two, you'll see a slight change in the wording there.’
    • ‘In the first edition readers will notice a number of changes, not least a new masthead, more news and a cartoon on the front page.’
    • ‘While his name now sits at the top of the masthead, he still has the title of managing editor.’
    • ‘Every day for over a month on the front page of the paper, right next to the masthead, they publish a countdown to the start of the World Cup.’
    • ‘On the front page there will be a new masthead, and inside there will be other changes.’
    • ‘While perhaps willing to consider new writers, in their mastheads all firmly discouraged the submission of unsolicited materials.’
    • ‘The old title is still in the masthead, but in small letters.’
    • ‘The masthead for the current edition consists of three editorial staff and seven staff members.’
    • ‘While its masthead editorial asks some good questions about the current debate, it provides no answers whatsoever.’
    • ‘They derided his September relaunch - with its odd headline typeface and coloured masthead - as a waste of time and money.’
    • ‘His influence is so great that the title of publications director was created for him, and his name is above the editor in chief's on the masthead.’
    • ‘They and the rest of our talented Editorial Advisory Board are listed on the masthead and on our new website.’
    • ‘Continuing and new members of the Editorial Advisory Board are listed on the masthead.’
    • ‘I still tend to think of myself as a newcomer to the magazine, having been on the masthead for only one-fifth of the now 100 issues.’
    • ‘The masthead remained strong, a collection of talented mid-career journalists and promising young reporters who shared a genuine camaraderie.’
    1. 2.1North American The listed details in a newspaper or magazine referring to ownership, editorial staff, advertising rates, etc.
      • ‘Advisory Editors currently serving on the board are listed on the masthead.’
      • ‘One of the more obvious is the new masthead on the cover of this magazine.’
      • ‘It's to the point where maybe I should get credit in their mastheads.’
      • ‘She will edit and steer the establishment of the company's new mastheads now on the drawing board.’


[with object]
  • 1historical Send (a sailor) to the masthead as a punishment.

    ‘get below, sir, or I'll masthead you!’
    • ‘Plus, for the actors, there's the chance to utter the kind of lines - "Get below, sir, or I'll masthead you!"’
    • ‘If that observer is mastheaded, his range of vision is enormously increased as, again, is the visibility of the object by every additional foot in height.’
    • ‘And in this stretch of ocean, lookouts were mastheaded at day-dawn and kept mastheaded until twilight of evening, when the Mary Turner was hove-to, to hold her position through the night.’
    • ‘Mastheading involved forcing the boy to the highest part of a ship's mast, (particularly during poor weather) to frighten him.’
    • ‘He soothed himself by stopping the men's grog and mastheading three midshipmen that same afternoon.’
  • 2Raise (a flag or sail) to the masthead.

    ‘the Royal Standard was mastheaded’