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tabloid

Line breaks: tab|loid
Pronunciation: /ˈtablɔɪd
 
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Definition of tabloid in English:

noun

1A newspaper having pages half the size of those of the average broadsheet, typically popular in style and dominated by sensational stories: [as modifier]: the tabloid press
More example sentences
  • She has even forgiven boyfriends who have sold stories about her to the tabloids.
  • No matter how nice they seem, you have to be sure that the story won't end up in the tabloids.
  • The broadsheets and music press picked up on them first, with the tabloids following.
1.1 [as modifier] chiefly North American Lurid and sensational: a tabloid TV show
More example sentences
  • The first obstacle to the rising star of my career in tabloid television was that we were lost.
  • Chattering about tabloid trivia or television celebrity shows, he can barely conceal his lack of interest.
  • In short, the market is softening, but is in no way in a crisis, slump or any other such tabloid noun you care to use.

Origin

late 19th century: from tablet + -oid. Originally the proprietary name of a medicine sold in tablets, the term came to denote any small medicinal tablet; the current sense reflects the notion of ‘concentrated, easily assimilable’.

Derivatives

tabloidization

1
noun (also tabloidisation)
Example sentences
  • Competition between media outlets is driving these stories as well - there has been an undoubted tabloidisation of the mainstream media in the past two decades.
  • This will herald the full tabloidisation of all the broadsheets within the next few years.
  • The tabloidization of newspapers is a global phenomenon.

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