tab·​loid | \ ˈta-ˌblȯid How to pronounce tabloid (audio) \

Definition of tabloid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a newspaper that is about half the page size of an ordinary newspaper and that contains news in condensed form and much photographic matter



Definition of tabloid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or resembling tabloids especially : featuring stories of violence, crime, or scandal presented in a sensational manner tabloid television
2 : compressed or condensed into small scope tabloid criticism

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tabloidism \ ˈta-​ˌblȯi-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce tabloidism (audio) \ noun

Examples of tabloid in a Sentence


She is used to seeing her name in the tabloids.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photographers for the tabloid continued to follow Mr. Simmons, whose response was to travel around with a cardboard box on his head, those people said. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "From Bezos to Dr. Phil, the Enquirer Turns to Bare Knuckle Tactics," 15 Feb. 2019 In a week where the Duchess of Sussex faced more criticism from the British tabloids—this time for simply having friends who defended her against a never-ending onslaught of untrue and negative reports—his words could not have been more apt. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Share Baby Joy at Event Close to Harry's Heart," 8 Feb. 2019 Sofia Richie has been all over the tabloids for the better part of the past year due to her romance with Kourtney Kardashian’s ex (and the father of her children), Scott Disick. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Sofia Richie's Style Evolution: See Her Boldest Looks Yet," 20 Aug. 2018 But that hasn't stopped Australian tabloids from spreading gossip that the widow dated Australian actor Russell Crowe. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Heartbreaking Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died," 22 Feb. 2019 After their wedding the tabloids were quick to speculate that some of the couple’s U.K. assets would come under scrutiny by the IRS, since, as an American citizen, Meghan is liable to be taxed on all her overseas earnings. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 Despite tabloid rumors, Tarek El Moussa is happy for his ex-wife and her new husband. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Christina And Ant Anstead's Love Story Proves They Were Meant To Be," 17 Jan. 2019 In recent weeks, she's been relatively quiet on social media, as she's mostly posted on Twitter and Instagram stories to call-out body shaming and tabloid rumors. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Demi Lovato Was a Bridesmaid in Her Former Babysitter's Wedding This Weekend," 14 Jan. 2019 The tabloid was also the first to report Bieber and Baldwin's courthouse cameo yesterday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Reportedly Just Got Married," 14 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The crime quickly became a tabloid sensation, partly because of the gruesome way Short's body had been mutilated, and partly due to Short's personal story. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of I Am the Night: How the Black Dahlia and George Hodel Were Connected," 10 Feb. 2019 There had been tabloid stories describing Schneiderman's alleged drug use — which had also been passed around by Trump. Author: Jesse Mckinley, Anchorage Daily News, "New York attorney general’s reputation went from ‘wouldn’t get a bawdy joke’ to cad overnight," 9 May 2018 There have been tabloid rumors in the past that Witherspoon’s father, an ear, nose, and throat doctor, has had troubles with alcohol and money, among other things. Zoë Ghertner, Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon: Activist, Advocate, Hollywood’s Moral Compass," 10 Jan. 2019 In his first interview since the split, Pitt opened up about how tabloid coverage of his very public love life affect him and his children. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "No, Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron Aren't Really Dating," 22 Jan. 2019 The former party boy, who, before his engagement to Meghan Markle, often made tabloid headlines for his devilish romps near and far (in Las Vegas, to be exact), seems to have turned a new leaf. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Where Trump’s personal life has been tabloid fodder, Becerra’s family life would be at home in a church circular. James Rainey, NBC News, "Xavier Becerra, California’s top lawyer, emerges as Trump nemesis," 13 Mar. 2018 However, for the sake of hip-hop as a sport, their defining features on Migos’ Culture II lead single meant a David versus Goliath scenario -- one that could easily be tabloid fodder if any party lost their decorum. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "How Cardi B Achieved Stardom as an Old-School Hitmaker for New-School Hip-Hop," 12 Jan. 2018 This is one of the lighter anecdotes Amanda shared in her chat with Paper, which outlined her former substance abuse issues and eyebrow-raising behavior that made her tabloid fodder in 2013. Christopher Rosa, Teen Vogue, "Amanda Bynes "Fought" to Get Channing Tatum in "She's the Man" Based on a Mountain Dew Ad," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of tabloid


1891, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tabloid


from Tabloid, a trademark

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English Language Learners Definition of tabloid

: a newspaper that has pages about half the size of an ordinary newspaper and that typically contains many photographs and stories about famous people and other less serious news items

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