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

Nobody from either party is confirming anything, but the speculation is spiraling with the aid of tabloids and an army of anonymous sources. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Brad Pitt Dares to Go Outside Amid Rumors of “Professional Friendship”," 11 Apr. 2018 The National Enquirer's in-print published acknowledgment of Walker's demise didn't appear until the March 12 issue of the tabloid. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Valparaiso University has notable links with National Enquirer," 22 Mar. 2018 The Obamas famously presented the Queen with an iPod, which some British tabloids criticized as a lame gift. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Look Back at All of Queen Elizabeth's Presidential Meetings," 13 July 2018 Even in their wildest dreams, the British tabloids couldn’t have imagined such a salacious story dropping into their laps. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician," 27 June 2018 There are plenty of reasons to nitpick England, but the British tabloids have that covered. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Why you shouldn't root for these countries in the 2018 World Cup," 12 June 2018 The incident reportedly happened in November, but only came to light recently, according to British tabloid the Sun. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Australian news crew mugged while filming on London street," 7 June 2018 Fergie has been a target for the British tabloids, causing a riff in the royal family. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Who Are Princess Eugenie's Parents, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew?," 5 June 2018 British tabloids including The Sun in particular have taken against the Manchester City winger over his new ink., "Raheem Sterling Defends Himself Amid Bizarre Calls for Star to Lose England Spot Over New Tattoo," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "CBS Responds After Pauley Perrette Claims 'Multiple Physical Assaults'," 16 May 2018 But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. CBS News, "Pauley Perrette tweets that she left "NCIS" after "multiple physical assaults"," 15 May 2018 But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Pauley Perrette Implies She Left N.C.I.S. After “Multiple Physical Assaults”," 15 May 2018 But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'NCIS' actress Pauley Perrette claims she left the show over 'multiple physical assaults'," 14 May 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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The first known use of tabloid was in 1891

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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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