[ ed-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr- ]
/ ˌɛd ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /


an article in a newspaper or other periodical or on a website presenting the opinion of the publisher, writer, or editor.
a statement broadcast on radio or television that presents the opinion of the owner, manager, or the like, of the program, station, or channel.
something regarded as resembling such an article or statement, as a lengthy, dogmatic utterance.


of or relating to the commissioning or compiling of content for publication, or to a person who does such work: editorial policies; editorial skills.
of, relating to, or involved in the preparation of an editorial or editorials: editorial page; editorial writer.
of or relating to the literary and artistic activities or contents of a publication, broadcasting organization, or the like, as distinguished from its business activities, advertisements, etc.: an editorial employee; an editorial decision, not an advertising one.

Nearby words

  1. editio princeps,
  2. edition,
  3. edition binding,
  4. editor,
  5. editor in chief,
  6. editorial we,
  7. editorialize,
  8. editorship,
  9. editress,
  10. edm

Origin of editorial

First recorded in 1735–45; editor + -ial

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for editorial


/ (ˌɛdɪˈtɔːrɪəl) /


of or relating to editing or editors
of, relating to, or expressed in an editorial
of or relating to the content of a publication rather than its commercial aspects


an article in a newspaper, etc, expressing the opinion of the editor or the publishers
Derived Formseditorialist, nouneditorially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for editorial



1741; see editor + -al (2). Noun meaning "newspaper article by an editor," is from 1830, American English, from the adjective in reference to such writings (1802). Related: Editorially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for editorial


An article in a newspaper or magazine expressing the opinion of the editor or publisher.

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