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 Then, the British tabloid Daily Mail published nude photos of Hill. Washington Post, "Gaetz backed Katie Hill over nude pics leaked without her consent. She calls claims against him ‘reprehensible.’," 6 Apr. 2021 In Britain, his power has only grown since the 2011 phone-hacking scandal that brought down his repulsive tabloid News of the World. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Oligarch of the Month: Rupert Murdoch," 2 Apr. 2021 Where does Meghan stand with her father amid the British tabloid scandal? Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "What Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry revealed about their family members in Oprah interview," 8 Mar. 2021 Indeed, the British tabloid press pummeled her; Oprah pointed out some examples of the discrepancies in the way she was covered in contrast to Kate. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Oprah's Meghan and Harry interview was revealing, shocking and the ultimate media story," 8 Mar. 2021 And that was reflected particularly in the British tabloid press. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Will the discovery of a credible suspect lead to answers in the Madeleine McCann case?," 27 Feb. 2021 Van Laar, a former GOP campaign operative and journalist, published provocative pictures of Hill on a conservative website and shared them with a British tabloid. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Former Rep. Katie Hill’s lawsuit pits 1st Amendment against revenge-porn law," 9 Mar. 2021 The younger Biden's tabloid-like personal life and questionable foreign business dealings provided fodder for Trump and Republicans during the 2020 campaign. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Obama ethics chief torches Biden over Hunter memoir in disappearing tweets," 7 Feb. 2021 Next Digital operates the Apple Daily tabloid, which Lai founded in 1995, ahead of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China. Zen Soo, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searched," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What Newsom’s team has to worry about is the recall now going into the realm of tabloid media ... al, "Caitlyn Jenner reportedly considering run for California governor," 9 Apr. 2021 What Newsom’s team has to worry about is the recall now going into the realm of tabloid media... Christie D’zurilla, Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Caitlyn Jenner? Another athlete-turned-celebrity reportedly interested in California’s top office," 6 Apr. 2021 In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired this month, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markel, criticized how Markel has been treated by the royal family and Britain’s tabloid press. Washington Post, "Prince Harry remembers Diana’s death in book for children who have lost parents to covid," 21 Mar. 2021 Harry and Meghan have a fraught relationship with invasive tabloid press. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Harry, Meghan condemn 'predatory practices' after private investigator discusses digging for tabloid," 19 Mar. 2021 Then as now, Markle was being hounded by nasty tabloid headlines. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, "The Everyday Poetry of Dry Cleaning," 17 Mar. 2021 The former royal couple touched on a range of important topics, including their struggles with the tabloid media and their own mental health. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This "Brady Bunch" Star's Home Collection Was Featured on Oprah's Interview With Harry and Meghan," 10 Mar. 2021 Meghan and Harry cited the intrusive, racist scrutiny of Britain’s tabloid press as a reason for their decision a year ago to give up their jobs as senior royals and move to North America., "Meghan’s racism claims come as no surprise to Black Britons," 9 Mar. 2021 Despite his own difficult personal history, Prince Charles has cultivated better relations with Britain’s tabloid press than Harry and Meghan, who have cut off the tabloids and filed privacy lawsuits against several of them. Mark Landler, New York Times, "In Royal ‘Firm,’ the Family Business Always Comes First," 9 Mar. 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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11 Apr 2021

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“Tabloid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 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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