Definition of tabloid in English:

tabloid

Syllabification: tab·loid
Pronunciation: /ˈtabˌloid
 
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noun

1A newspaper having pages half the size of those of a standard newspaper, typically popular in style and dominated by headlines, photographs, and sensational stories.
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 Sensational in a lurid or vulgar way: they argued about who made what allegation on what tabloid TV show
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  • 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.”.

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