[jur-nl-eez, -ees]


a manner of writing or speaking characterized by clichés, occasional neologism, archness, sensationalizing adjectives, unusual or faulty syntax, etc., used by some journalists, especially certain columnists, and regarded as typical journalistic style.
writing or expression in this manner: Get that journalese out of your copy!


of, relating to, or characterized by this manner (often used predicatively): That word's not English, it's journalese.

Origin of journalese

First recorded in 1880–85; journal + -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for journalese

Historical Examples of journalese

  • The column he was reading described the wedding of his uncle with Miss Jenny Launton, and journalese surpassed itself.

    None Other Gods

    Robert Hugh Benson

  • It was by the crude, almost barbaric, cry of his journalese that Rudyard Kipling awoke the world with a start.

    Mark Twain

    Archibald Henderson

  • The strong light at the back of the house—a wobbly one—was rapidly becoming a glow in the heavens, as they say in journalese.

  • The writing of good, plain English, rather than "smart" journalese should be the aim.

  • It has been translated into Austrian-German and thence retranslated into British journalese.

    Six Major Prophets

    Edwin Emery Slosson

British Dictionary definitions for journalese



derogatory a superficial cliché-ridden style of writing regarded as typical of newspapers
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