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Meaning of tabloid

tab•loid

Pronunciation: (tab'loid), [key]
— n.
  1. a newspaper whose pages, usually five columns wide, are about one-half the size of a standard-sized newspaper page.
  2. a newspaper this size concentrating on sensational and lurid news, usually heavily illustrated.
  3. a short form or version; condensation; synopsis; summary.
—adj.
  1. compressed or condensed in or as if in a tabloid: a tabloid article; a tabloid account of the adventure.
  2. luridly or vulgarly sensational.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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