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

Though the tabloid reports Connery's island of New Providence saw torrential rain, heavy winds and fallen trees, the actor's mansion was spared. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Sean Connery says he's 'lucky' to have escaped Hurricane Dorian unharmed," 6 Sep. 2019 Her only ally is defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learns that there is much more to Molly than the tabloids lead people to believe. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 In an attempt to deal with the crisis, Andrew has apparently resorted to having friends speak on his behalf by contacting the tabloids and giving anonymous interviews. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince Andrew ends luxury golf vacation to ‘face the music’ over Jeffrey Epstein crisis, reports say," 30 Aug. 2019 All three made nice at European summits but flirted with the Eurosceptic tabloids at home. The Economist, "Eurocrats know Boris Johnson well, making no-deal Brexit more likely," 15 Aug. 2019 One of the men assaulted by the protesters, confirmed by Global Times editor Hu Xijin to be a reporter for the nationalistic tabloid, has since been held up as a national hero on Chinese social network Weibo. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Mired in anger and hatred, Hong Kong’s “radical” protesters are seeking a way forward," 14 Aug. 2019 The government was trying to send a warning, but the barbarism of the public execution appalled even the most jaded tabloids. CBS News, ""The Last Pirate of New York": One of the most sensational murder hunts in American history," 29 June 2019 News of Lindsay Lohan’s struggles with sobriety filled the pages of tabloids. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Don't Forget: Lady Gaga's '09 VMAs Performance Should Have Been the Night's Breakout Moment," 21 Aug. 2019 Yes, there is something positive to be said about waiting in a grocery line and reading on my phone — oh-so-much better than being bombarded by the screaming headlines of the tabloids at the checkout stand. La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Summer reading and Southern visitors enrich her August," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The question of her actual fidelity surfaced much more recently in tabloid newspaper stories about her and Tim Mynett that preceded Beth Mynett’s allegation in divorce papers. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Political strategist denies telling wife of alleged Ilhan Omar affair," 5 Sep. 2019 Gangs, Abt explains, are far more fluid and complex social organizations than the tabloid picture presupposes. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Walmart’s Announcement and Other Signs of Hope in the Gun Crisis," 5 Sep. 2019 Certain tabloid news companies, such as TMZ or American Media, the owner of the National Enquirer, have sparked debate for their willingness to pay news sources. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams defends urging witnesses to make money off Gilroy shooting," 29 July 2019 Then it was picked up by tabloid media outlets such as the New York Daily News and the Daily Mail. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Father who called 911 on black man in his building explains his actions, apologizes," 9 July 2019 If the Mets are looking for a new manager in 2020, Maddon is made for the New York media and is tabloid-compatible too. Paul Sullivan,, "Fifty years later, the Cubs’ 1969 collapse to the Mets still triggers anxiety in Baby Boomers," 22 June 2019 Believe it or not, there is some actual factual (well, tabloid factual) grounding for this one., "Ranking Film & TV Robots by How Good a Linesman They Would Make," 26 Aug. 2019 The mix of tabloid headlines and soft propaganda, Xiao told me, appeals to a broad readership, investors, and the government all at the same time. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News," 19 Aug. 2019 Every mundane happenstance in the lives of Gigi and Bella Hadid has become tabloid fodder at some point. Glamour, "A Tabloid Called the Hadids’ Books ‘Hot Accessories’ and People Have Thoughts," 21 Mar. 2019

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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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