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

Mirror, a British tabloid, hunted down Tom Markle near Rosarito Beach in Mexico. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kensington Palace Confirms that Meghan Markle's Father Will Walk Her Down the Aisle," 4 May 2018 On the day that Article 50 was triggered, the right-wing tabloid The Sun projected a series of messages onto the cliff face, including DOVER AND OUT and SEE EU LATER. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 Back in London, the tabloids quickly reversed course. Bruce Jenkins,, "How Harry Nilsson turned me into a lifelong fan of England’s national soccer team," 19 June 2018 Within seven months, the four-page tabloid had 12,000 daily readers, more than its competitors combined. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Historic Abell Mansion built for Baltimore Sun owner up for auction," 11 June 2018 If Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, had spoken in similar terms, the tabloids would be up in arms. The Economist, "Good capitalism v bad capitalism," 7 June 2018 The teacher talked to her class about how sensational stories sell tabloids. Joy Resmovits,, "At L.A.'s Immaculate Heart school, the mission is to tell the world about 'the real Meghan' Markle," 18 May 2018 Cohen’s Role: Us Weekly was ready to expose the story in 2013, but Cohen reportedly killed it by threatening the tabloid’s reporters. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Every Embarrassing Story Michael Cohen Tried to Squash," 17 Apr. 2018 The willingness to create a character from whole cloth to talk you up to the tabloids is the sort of thing that wouldn't occur to most people. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "This 1990 Donald Trump quote in Playboy magazine explains today perfectly," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. Jennifer Konerman, The Hollywood Reporter, "After 'NCIS' Exit, Pauley Perrette Says She Endured "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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