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

Last week, The Sun tabloid reported that Harry and Meghan will go to Angola during the fall tour to continue his mother, Princess Diana's, campaign against landmines through the anti-landmine Halo Trust, for which Harry is a royal patron. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harry & Meghan to visit South Africa in fall, British official confirms," 26 June 2019 Contrary to what the tabloids reported 10 years ago, their love is very much real. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Make the Women of The Hills Famous Again," 24 June 2019 Reports of his alleged extra-marital affairs have long graced the pages of the UK tabloids. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Boris Johnson's altercation with girlfriend prompts debate in Britain about politicians' private lives," 24 June 2019 According to British tabloid the Sun, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited to the queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland for a few days to celebrate her August 4 birthday, complete with afternoon tea. Natasha Reda, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Getting a Birthday Party Thrown by Queen Elizabeth," 18 June 2019 His surrender on Thursday came just hours after local tabloids reported that a second woman came forward with a separate groping allegation against the actor in 2008. Nardine Saad,, "Cuba Gooding Jr. didn’t grope anyone — he’s just ‘frisky,’ his lawyer says," 13 June 2019 Though some tabloids reported the couple broke up and McGregor went back to his wife, People confirmed in February 2018 that the Fargo co-stars are still very much together. Megan Stein, Country Living, "All the Details of Ewan McGregor's Complicated Relationships," 2 Aug. 2018 People inside the Post have suspected Murdoch brought back Allan to the Post to help steer the tabloid in a pro-Trump direction. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Source: Murdoch pal killed Post’s coverage of Trump accusation," 24 June 2019 Serbian tabloids, who toe the government line and drown out dissenting press in the country, seem to be announcing a new war with Kosovo every other day. Una Hajdari, The New Republic, "The Clinton Administration Did Not Fix the Balkans," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

However, recently the married couple has discovered a new way of addressing tabloid rumors: going along with them. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Have A New Way Of Shutting Down Tabloid Rumors," 20 June 2019 There’s the legitimate press and there’s the tabloid press. Ashley Boucher,, "Alec Baldwin Is 'So Done' Portraying Donald Trump on SNL: 'I Can't Imagine I Would Do It Again'," 6 June 2019 Growing up, your parents most likely diverted your attention away from invented tabloid cover stories at the supermarket checkout counter. Alexander Heffner, WIRED, "Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of Social Media," 30 June 2019 David Beckham - Beckham still had some work to do to get the public (or at least the tabloid press) back on his side when Sven took charge of England in 2001., "Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Former England & Lazio Manager's All-Time Best XI," 14 June 2019 Last week, after months of tabloid speculation, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk ended their four-year relationship. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk’s Breakup," 14 June 2019 USA TODAY Duchess Meghan has taken the brunt of her fair share of tabloid drama since becoming a member of the royal family. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Priyanka Chopra: Duchess Meghan is the same 'authentic' person she was before meeting Prince Harry," 1 June 2019 The Dawson's Creek alum reportedly only made her first public comments about her link to Foxx in 2018, after her rep denied tabloid breakup rumors. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Had a Rare PDA Moment on an Outing with His Daughter," 11 Apr. 2019 Even amid his bomb-throwing comments about British politics in a tabloid newspaper interview, there was one subject President Donald Trump treated with exemplary graciousness: the queen. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump on Queen Elizabeth II: She has 'a great and beautiful grace about her'," 13 July 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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