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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Other Words from tabloid


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 Four years ago, almost to the day, a British tabloid claimed that Cruise had been training for a flight on the space shuttle and could have been among the astronauts who died on board the orbiter Columbia in 2003. Robert Z. Pearlman, Ars Technica, "Everything we know—and don’t—about Tom Cruise’s plans to film a movie in space," 18 June 2020 Duda’s campaign spokesman Adam Bielan told the Super Express tabloid on Tuesday that Duda was not homophobic. NBC News, "Poland's Jewish leaders deplore stigmatization of LGBTQ people," 17 June 2020 On social media, the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid run by the Chinese government, posted a video of paramilitary police officers donning face masks patrolling the market after it was closed down on Saturday. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China's new coronavirus outbreak sees Beijing adopt 'wartime' measures as capital races to contain spread," 15 June 2020 Richard Grenell, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany who stepped down earlier this month, defended the plan in an interview with the German tabloid Bild last week. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump says he wants the number of U.S. troops in Germany cut in half," 15 June 2020 Photos of the group popped up in local news outlets, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but also in the British tabloid press. Chris Joyner, ajc, "Dressed the part, ‘Panther’ group came straight from central casting," 11 June 2020 The editor of Global Times, the tabloid published by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily, taunted President Donald Trump personally while also drawing a parallel with Hong Kong. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "How COVID-19, Floyd protests shape China’s crackdown in Hong Kong," 11 June 2020 Global Times, a tabloid overseen by the Chinese Communist Party, compared the president’s behavior unfavorably to Barack Obama’s handling of high profile episodes of police brutality. Ciara Nugent, Time, "‘The Edge of an Abyss.’ How the World’s Newspapers Are Responding as the U.S. Descends Into Chaos," 2 June 2020 The couple are also pursuing legal action against three of the tabloids. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Meghan and Harry tell four British tabloids they can expect 'zero engagement'," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Backpage website was an outgrowth from the literal back page of classified advertisements on printed editions of the tabloid newspaper. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "COVID-19 concerns push Backpage trial into 2021; judge rules it can't be conducted safely," 30 June 2020 The tabloid press goes wild on the death of Baby Charlie, and soon the cops are looking at his parents (Nate Corddry and Gayle Rankin) as suspects. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "HBO's 'Perry Mason' reboot is a gritty noir prequel nobody asked for. But it's worth it," 20 June 2020 Princess Diana’s unique experience of being swarmed by press, having her life meticulously documented, and finding her relationships used as tabloid fodder. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Kristen Stewart Will Play Princess Diana in a New Movie—And Honestly, That’s Perfect," 17 June 2020 Their exits come days after Schroeder and Doute apologized for calling the police on former castmate Faith Stowers after spotting a tabloid article about a black woman wanted for theft in 2018. Michele Corriston,, "Vanderpump Rules Reunion: Lala Kent Explains Why Her Feud with 50 Cent Wasn't on the Show," 9 June 2020 That's when the tabloid Daily Mail got involved, identifying Triplett for the first time in a major news publication. Ian Shapira, Anchorage Daily News, "The last American to collect a Civil War pension - $73.13 a month - has just died," 5 June 2020 El Moussa became a tabloid fixture, though, following a contentious split with Christina, who has subsequently married and had a new baby with English TV presenter Ant Anstead. Jean Bentley,, "All About The Mysterious Boyfriend Heather Keeps Name-Dropping On Selling Sunset," 22 May 2020 The second season doubles down on that drama, and it's all made even juicier thanks to the fact that multiple cast members have made tabloid headlines between the show's March 2019 premiere and the May 2020 season 2 debut. Jean Bentley,, "R29 Binge Club: Selling Sunset Season 2 Recap," 27 May 2020 But in their stunt, that role was reserved for Harry and Meghan themselves, who are simultaneously continuing their role as victims of the tabloid press. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Queen and Her Delinquents," 22 Apr. 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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3 Jul 2020

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“Tabloid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 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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