tab·​loid | \ˈta-ˌblȯid \

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 \ noun

Examples of tabloid in a Sentence


She is used to seeing her name in the tabloids.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Evening Fuji tabloid newspaper, citing Forbes, speculated wildly about Osaka’s potential lifetime earnings. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Osaka charms Japan with her manners _ and broken Japanese," 10 Sep. 2018 The president made the comments in an interview with the British tabloid newspaper the Sun, ahead of meetings with May and Queen Elizabeth. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May "went the opposite way" from his Brexit advice," 12 July 2018 British tabloid newspaper The Sun published an interview with Trump on Thursday, where the president blasted May's Brexit negotiations, as well as European immigration policy, NATO and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. NBC News, "Trump blasts Theresa May in interview a day before meeting with British PM," 12 July 2018 In 2001, Robert Stevens, a photo editor at the tabloid newspaper The Sun in Boca Raton, Fla., was killed by anthrax. Ian Duncan,, "Fatal shooting of 5 at Capital Gazette marks rare attack on U.S. journalists," 29 June 2018 Cue the fire and fury, the barrage of cable coverage, and cheeky bald eagle tabloid newspaper covers. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Samantha Bee, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Upside-Down Morality of Our Present Moment," 7 June 2018 The case settled in April with the tabloid newspaper’s owner, American Media Inc., agreeing to restore McDougal’s ownership of the experience. Edvard Pettersson,, "Stormy Daniels Says Her Former Lawyer Colluded With Michael Cohen," 6 June 2018 The video kicked off a mad dash in New York as reporters from the city's tabloid newspapers, the Daily News and New York Post, rushed to confront him about his statements. Eli Rosenberg And Marwa Eltagouri,, "Lawyer who threatened to call ICE about Spanish speakers is now target of complaint," 18 May 2018 Sharing custody with the British Royal family when your wife marries a prince, in the unforgiving spotlight of London’s tabloid media, is next level.’’ Hmmm., "Here’s everything you always wanted to know about the royal wedding drama (but were afraid to ask)," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Junichi Fukuda, who was the top bureaucrat, was accused by a tabloid magazine of harassing female journalists. Connor Cislo,, "Japanese Ministry Says Ex-Official Sexually Harassed Reporter," 27 Apr. 2018 Discover certainly has its flaws — a lot of the content has felt very racy and tabloid-y in recent years — but Snapchat and some publishers still make money from the deals. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The exec who built Snapchat Discover is leaving the company," 12 Nov. 2018 Celebrity gossip is fun, but spending more time investigating a viral photo or story, even when it’s tabloid nonsense, goes a long way. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The bizarre Justin Bieber burrito incident reminds us not to believe everything online," 29 Oct. 2018 The trio often stepped out together post-workout, glowing, drenched in sweat; the pop star’s jacked forearms pictured in colorful tanks were enough to become tabloid talk all on their own. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "At 60, Madonna Still Has the Best Arms in Hollywood," 16 Aug. 2018 The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into ‘mainstream media’ reporting. Karen Mizoguchi,, "'Furious' Melania Trump's Escape to Mar-a-Lago Spa Cost Taxpayers $64,000: Report," 30 Jan. 2018 Kylie Jenner has long been fodder for tabloid headlines. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Is on Track to Be the Youngest Self-Made Billionaire in History," 11 July 2018 The old and new generation of fans have seen through the tabloid headlines to who Sorrentino is now: a new man making good on his second chance., "The Situation Was The Big Winner Of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation," 29 June 2018 Collectively, the Jacksons may have been the most prominent family in pop-music history, but their fame came at the cost of family feuds, lurid accusations and an unending stream of tabloid headlines. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Joseph Jackson, pop-music patriarch who guided his children to stardom, dies at 89," 27 June 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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