[ tab-loid ]
/ ˈtæb lɔɪd /


a newspaper whose pages, usually five columns wide, are about one-half the size of a standard-sized newspaper page.
a newspaper this size concentrating on sensational and lurid news, usually heavily illustrated.
a short form or version; condensation; synopsis; summary.


compressed or condensed in or as if in a tabloid: a tabloid article; a tabloid account of the adventure.
luridly or vulgarly sensational.


Origin of tabloid

First recorded in 1905–10; tabl(et) + -oid
Related formstab·loid·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tabloid


/ (ˈtæblɔɪd) /


a newspaper with pages about 30 cm (12 inches) by 40 cm (16 inches), usually characterized by an emphasis on photographs and a concise and often sensational styleCompare broadsheet
(modifier) designed to appeal to a mass audience or readership; sensationalistthe tabloid press; tabloid television

Word Origin for tabloid

C20: from earlier Tabloid, a trademark for a medicine in tablet form
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Word Origin and History for tabloid



1884, "small tablet of medicine," trademark name (by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co.) for compressed or concentrated chemicals and drugs, formed from tablet + Greek-derived suffix -oid. By 1898, it was being used figuratively to mean a compressed form or dose of anything, hence tabloid journalism (1901), and newspapers that typified it (1918), so called for having short, condensed news articles and/or for being small in size.

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