[ed-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]


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.

Origin of editorial

First recorded in 1735–45; editor + -ial
Related formsed·i·to·ri·al·ist [ed-i-tawr-ee-uh-list, -tohr-] /ˌɛd ɪˈtɔr i ə lɪst, -ˈtoʊr-/, nouned·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·ed·i·to·ri·al, adjectivenon·ed·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpre·ed·i·to·ri·al, adjectivepre·ed·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·ed·i·to·ri·al, adjectivepseu·do·ed·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for editorial

report, article, review, critique, opinion

Examples from the Web for editorial

Contemporary Examples of editorial

Historical Examples of editorial

  • By the way, your editorial explanation of Astounding Stories was a gem.

  • What he had come to seek in the editorial office was not controversy, but information.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • Paul went on writing, and thundered from the editorial pulpit weekly.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • I was then just sixteen, but I was not left out of the editorial staff.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • And, when weary with editorial work, I sometimes dropped in there for refreshment.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

British Dictionary definitions for editorial



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

editorial in Culture


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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.