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


She is used to seeing her name in the tabloids.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Over the weekend, a story surfaced in the British tabloids claiming that Kate Middleton had a falling out with her Norfolk neighbor, Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley?," 25 Mar. 2019 The British tabloids are already having a field day analyzing the dynamic between Markle and her future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Is Going Royal—Can Her Friends Come, Too?," 24 Apr. 2018 This is not the rift the tabloid media has gone into a frenzy over, but a natural evolution that maximizes the number of projects the Cambridges and Sussexes can work on, while letting the Princes flex their muscles individually. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth Will Pass the Torch to Prince Charles and the Rest of the Royal Family in 2019," 5 Jan. 2019 The British tabloids are treating Markle's family like nutty relatives, squeezing them for every drop of crazy. Robin Abcarian,, "The torment of Meghan Markle’s family: Why you should never want your daughter to marry a prince," 18 May 2018 This is a conservative British tabloid owned by a Russian oligarch and former KGB agent, Alexander Lebedev. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Boeing slams the Falcon Heavy rocket as “too small”," 30 Apr. 2018 Although Bieber was most likely talking long-term here, cue the pregnancy rumors from the tabloids and fans on the internet. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Deeper Meaning Behind Justin and Hailey Bieber’s Fake-Pregnancy Joke," 1 Apr. 2019 Reese responded to the false pregnancy report by calling out the tabloid on Instagram, and her approach was nothing short of hilarious. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Reese Witherspoon Responds to Rumors That She's Pregnant With Her Fourth Child," 18 Mar. 2019 But an unlikely cascade of events - set in motion by paparazzi photos of Porter and Hicks published Feb. 1 in a British tabloid - crashed down on Kushner this week. Philip Rucker,, "'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

First, her half brother Thomas Markle Jr. wrote a scathing letter to a tabloid magazine criticizing the star and lamenting that he and his sister (Meghan’s half sister Samantha Markle) weren’t invited to the nuptials. Aili Nahas,, "Meghan Markle 'Doesn't Deserve All This Drama the Week of Her Wedding': Source," 15 May 2018 Despite the tabloid drama surrounding her relationships with Pitt and Theroux, Aniston has no hard feelings about her past marriages. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt Reportedly Regrets How He Handled His and Jennifer Aniston's Divorce," 16 Feb. 2019 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

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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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