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tab·​loid ˈta-ˌblȯid How to pronounce tabloid (audio)
: a newspaper that is about half the page size of an ordinary newspaper and that contains news in condensed form and much photographic matter


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: of, relating to, or resembling tabloids
especially : featuring stories of violence, crime, or scandal presented in a sensational manner
tabloid television
: compressed or condensed into small scope
tabloid criticism
tabloidism noun

Examples of tabloid in a Sentence

Noun She is used to seeing her name in the tabloids.
Recent Examples on the Web
The Enquirer’s parent company has been trying to unload the tabloid since 2019; two deals have fallen through. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, 2 June 2024 The verdict is a stunning legal reckoning for Trump and exposes him to potential prison time in the city where his manipulations of the tabloid press helped catapult him from a real estate tycoon to reality television star and ultimately president. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 30 May 2024
Lopez, though still a movie star and a tabloid feature, has not had a hit song in a decade. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, 6 June 2024 The duo suddenly finds themselves on the receiving end of a tabloid frenzy and at odds with their less-than-ideal romantic partners. Andrew Walsh,, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tabloid 

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Word History



from Tabloid, a trademark

First Known Use


1891, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tabloid was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Tabloid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a newspaper about half the page size of an ordinary newspaper containing short often sensational news stories and many photographs
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