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

Noun She is used to seeing her name in the tabloids.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hu Xijin, the editor of the pro-Beijing tabloid the Global Times, suggested that Beijing’s approval of the deal is far from certain. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Who will control the new TikTok? A key question threatens the deal Trump ‘blessed’," 22 Sep. 2020 The 71-year-old owns popular tabloid Apple Daily and is an outspoken pro-democracy figure in Hong Kong who regularly criticizes China’s authoritarian rule and Hong Kong’s government. Zen Soo, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searched," 10 Aug. 2020 From his days as a New York tabloid star, Trump has long believed in the power of a headline, even if not always good. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Analysis: Trump has a go-to solution, and it's more Trump," 10 Aug. 2020 And in recent years, the holiday haven has attracted such bling-y tabloid favorites as Ivana Trump, Naomi Campbell and Johnny Depp. Washington Post, "At sunny Saint-Tropez, the party crowd brings champagne — and the coronavirus," 9 Aug. 2020 In a statement, Pompeo blasted HSBC for freezing credit card and personal bank accounts of Next Digital, a publishing company whose flagship tabloid, Apple Daily, has been critical Beijing's oversight of Hong Kong. Clay Chandler And Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "HSBC walks the tightrope between Beijing and the U.S.," 27 Aug. 2020 According to the Chinese tabloid Global Times, China’s military was holding military exercises in the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Complains a U-2 Spy Plane Infiltrated Its No-Fly Zone," 26 Aug. 2020 The tabloid ran front pages calling for citizens to go out and march and gave away posters to raise at demonstrations. Will Ripley, CNN, "Hong Kong media tycoon says 'the fight has to go on' after 'symbolic' arrest under new law," 14 Aug. 2020 Roughly 24 hours after Lai was nabbed by authorities at his mansion in Kowloon, the front page of Apple Daily, a tabloid operated by Next Digital, featured an image of Lai in handcuffs, according to the BBC. Fox News, "Hong Kong newspaper vows to 'fight on' following arrest of media tycoon," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Global Times is a tabloid run by the People’s Daily -- the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party. Josh Wingrove,, "Trump Says ByteDance Can’t Keep Control of TikTok in Oracle Deal," 21 Sep. 2020 The Global Times is a tabloid run by the People’s Daily -- the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "Trump raises possibility of rejecting TikTok deal he had previously blessed," 21 Sep. 2020 Shortly after Gladiator, the actor became a tabloid fixture due to his romance with his Proof of Life costar Meg Ryan amid her divorce from Dennis Quaid. Nigel Smith,, "Russell Crowe Says 'Being Famous Was Easy' Before Gladiator: It 'Took Fame to the Other Place'," 20 Aug. 2020 The more common version of white theft in academia is way less tabloid sensational. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Academia Was Built on White Theft," 10 Sep. 2020 Stowers had publicly recalled a time when the two spotted a tabloid article about a black woman wanted for theft and called the police to pin the crimes on her as revenge for her cheating scandal with Jax Taylor. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Lisa Vanderpump Says Rumors of Stassi Schroeder's New Show Are 'False': 'It's Not True'," 26 Aug. 2020 There was no bad blood between Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, regarding Meghan's choice of wedding day tiara, contrary to previous tabloid reports. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and the Queen Never Actually Disagreed over Her Wedding Day Tiara," 30 July 2020 There were tabloid stories, Instagram posts, and overt song lyrics that gave the public so much information to analyze. Glamour, "Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 10 Aug. 2020 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was reportedly not a fan of Buckingham Palace's approach to handling false tabloid stories, which was to say and do nothing at all. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Was "Frustrated" by the Palace's "No Comment" Policy to False Tabloid Stories," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of tabloid was in 1891

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25 Sep 2020

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“Tabloid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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