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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tabloidism \ ˈta-​ˌblȯi-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce tabloid (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 Johnny Depp said he's being boycotted by Hollywood in his first interview since losing his high-profile libel suit against Britain's The Sun tabloid newspaper in 2020. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 The ads are the political equivalent of a supermarket tabloid, emphasizing the personal and the sensational. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 In this year’s New York mayor’s race, the limousine-liberal attack came from the left again, with the help of a conservative tabloid. Ted Rall, WSJ, 11 July 2021 That same month, almost exactly a year after the law's introduction, Next Digital's flagship tabloid was forced to shut down. Michelle Toh, Sasha Chua And Chandler Thornton, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Axel Springer publishes the confrontational German tabloid Bild, but its chief executive, Mathias Döpfner, told me the Politico deal cemented the company’s American future. New York Times, 29 Aug. 2021 This rumor took over the internet after the U.K. tabloid Closer reported the Friends costars have been spending time together. Christopher Ros, Glamour, 11 Aug. 2021 Showtime released the trailer for its upcoming docuseries Gossip, promising all the exclusive, juicy details about the American tabloid industry. Justin Curto, Vulture, 10 Aug. 2021 The news of the rise in infections left one Japanese tabloid wondering this week if the entire Games might yet be canceled. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With both clubs floundering, The tabloid New York Post came up with a telling two-word headline on the back page of its Friday edition: TRAIN WRECKS. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 But with its curious focus on Tripp and Lewinsky, Impeachment follows the tabloid model rather than subverting it. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 And one allegation that’s been dug up and is now re-making the tabloid rounds would, if true, provide a lot of insight into why Camilla and Meghan apparently had a falling out last year. Marie Claire Editors, Marie Claire, 4 Sep. 2021 The depictions of the women, for their part, rarely challenge the tabloid caricatures of 1998. Judy Berman, Time, 31 Aug. 2021 While its tabloid style drew some criticism, the publication’s political investigations and analysis — with a distinctly anti-Beijing stance — won it praise and support. NBC News, 24 June 2021 The newspaper rose to prominence as a tabloid-style outlet, publishing stories on celebrity gossip and local scandals with a pro-democratic editorial bent. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 21 June 2021 Then a whole lot got in the way: the usual studio game of red light/green light/red light; all that tabloid coverage; career accomplishments and setbacks. Michael Phillips,, 11 Aug. 2021 Spears had the misfortune of breaking down as the vulturous tabloid culture of the mid-aughts reached its peak when a lucky paparazzo could make hundreds of thousands of dollars off a single celebrity snapshot. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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26 Sep 2021

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“Tabloid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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