What does tabloid mean?

Definitions for tabloidˈtæb lɔɪd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yellow journalism, tabloid, tab(noun)

    sensationalist journalism

  2. tabloid, rag, sheet(noun)

    newspaper with half-size pages


  1. tabloid(Noun)

    A newspaper having pages half the dimensions of the standard format, especially one that favours stories of a sensational nature over more serious news.

  2. tabloid(Adjective)

    In the format of a tabloid.

  3. tabloid(Adjective)

    Relating to a tabloid or tabloids.

    tabloid journalism

  4. Origin: From a trademark for a medicine compressed into a tablet. See -oid.


  1. Tabloid

    A tabloid is a newspaper with compact page size smaller than broadsheet, although there is no standard for the precise dimensions of the tabloid newspaper format. The term "tabloid journalism", which, along with the use of large pictures, tends to emphasize topics such as sensational crime stories, astrology, celebrity gossip and TV is commonly associated with tabloid sized newspapers, though some respected newspapers such as The Independent and The Times are in tabloid format, and in the United Kingdom the size is used by nearly all local newspapers. In the United States, it is commonly the format employed by alternative newspapers. Some small-format papers which claim a higher standard of journalism refer to themselves as compact newspapers instead. The tabloid newspaper format is particularly popular in the United Kingdom, where its page dimensions are roughly 430 mm × 280 mm. Larger newspapers, traditionally associated with higher-quality journalism, are often called broadsheets, and this designation often remains in common usage even if the newspaper moves to printing on smaller pages, as many have in recent years. Thus the terms tabloid and broadsheet are, in non-technical usage, today more descriptive of a newspaper's market position than its physical size.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tabloid in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tabloid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Republican Ted Cruz:

    It's tabloid smear, and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen.

  2. The Donald Trump-Ted Cruz mud-slinging:

    It is a tabloid smear and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen.

  3. Michael Jackson:

    Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. It's not nice.

  4. Hayden Mora:

    I believe that the more people who know transgender people, the more they will understand, accept and support us, that happens only if they acknowledge our humanity, and not treat us like tabloid fodder.

  5. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell:

    I noticed an actor and her husband on [a recent cover of a celebrity tabloid] that said In Couples' Therapy! The clear message is, 'Oh, their marriage is ending.' There's such a negative connotation, in my previous relationship, we went to couples' therapy at the end, and that's often too late. You can't go after nine years and start figuring out what patterns you're in.

Images & Illustrations of tabloid

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Translations for tabloid

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Boulevardzeitung, Skandalpresse, Boulevardblatt, BoulevardpresseGerman
  • tabloideSpanish
  • tabloidi, iltapäivälehtiFinnish
  • tabloïd, tabloïdeFrench
  • bulvárlap, pletykalapHungarian
  • æsifréttablaðIcelandic
  • tabloidItalian
  • sensatieblad, boulevardkrant, boulevardbladDutch
  • tabloidPolish
  • бульва́рный, бульва́рная газе́та, табло́идRussian

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