standfirst

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From stand +‎ first.

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Noun[edit]

standfirst (plural standfirsts)

  1. (Britain, journalism) Explanatory text under the main heading of a news article, smaller than the heading but still larger than the main text.
    • 2017, Jon Henley and Jane Martinson, The Guardian, 30 March:
      The standfirst talked of “Jubilation as article 50 is finally served”.

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