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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

Example Sentences

Noun She is used to seeing her name in the tabloids.
Recent Examples on the Web
Ora, according to an August 8 exclusive report from U.K. tabloid The Sun and backup from E! Vulture, 9 Aug. 2022 Jenner purchased the private jet in 2020 for more than $70 million, according to British tabloid the Sun. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Who’s hot, who’s not There could be a daily tabloid covering the goings-on with the Sooners’ shooting streakiness and keeping track of who has the hot shot and the cold hand entering the next game. Dallas News, 12 Feb. 2022 Fragments of the conversation surfaced in a tabloid in the autumn of 1992, shortly before John Major announced Charles and Diana's separation on December 9. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2022 Morton began his journalism career in the '80s, working for British tabloid newspaper The Daily Star, first as a general reporter and then royal correspondent. Clark Collis,, 9 Nov. 2022 Like Regina Jones, publisher of SOUL, a Black entertainment tabloid, who gave me my first writing job -- $25 for interviewing a new singer named Deniece Williams -- in 1976. oregonlive, 16 Dec. 2022 Because beer won't be sold in Qatar, Budweiser plans to ask FIFA for a $48.2 million discount from its 2026 deal, British tabloid The Sun reported. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2022 In 2015, British tabloid The Sun published a 17 second black-and-white video clip that shows a young Princess Elizabeth offering a Nazi salute in 1933. Town & Country, 18 Nov. 2022
The tabloid headlines that hounded her are dutifully addressed as well. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2023 Though four of Hall’s co-workers were also terminated for misconduct, and three more suspended, Hall made tabloid headlines as the lone woman at the center of the apparently hedonistic group — and a married woman, at that. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 18 Jan. 2023 Margaret was seen fixing up Townsend's shirt at the event, spurring tabloid headlines speculating on the affair. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Nov. 2022 Unsurprisingly, this portion of the conversation is what dominated tabloid headlines. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 9 Nov. 2022 Interviews from the time — along with those tabloid headlines — chart the evolution of Tucker’s career and reputation. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 25 Oct. 2022 First, three of her children's marriages collapsed, accompanied by tabloid headlines. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2022 While Russian oligarchs make tabloid headlines for shelling out for extravagant superyachts and palatial homes, their bigger investments often occur out of public view, thanks to a largely invisible network of financial advisory firms like Concord. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 Harry contends that by planting negative stories in tabloid media, the royal family shared culpability in Harry and Meghan feeling the need to leave the country for their own safety. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 1 Feb. 2023.

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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