The definition of a tabloid is a half size page of a newspaper, or a newspaper or magazine with short, exciting and often gossipy stories.
An example of a tabloid is the National Enquirer.
tabloid definition by Webster's New World
noun a size of newspaper page, about 14 inches high by 12 inches wide, half the size of a standard page a newspaper using such a page size, esp. one with many pictures and short, often sensational, news stories Origin: tabl(et) plush -oid: origin, originally a trademark for a medicine tablet adjective condensed; short of or characterized by the sensationalism regarded as typical of tabloids: tabloid talk shows Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. tabloid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A newspaper of small format giving the news in condensed form, usually with illustrated, often sensational material.
adjective In summary form; condensed. Lurid or sensational. Origin: From tabloid journalism, from Tabloid, trademark for a drug or chemical in condensed form. Related Forms: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. tabloid - Business Definition
A newspaper approximately half the physical size of a regular (“broadsheet") newspaper. The smaller size is generally easier to hold, especially for commuters, and is popular among publishers in the United Kingdom. The smaller size is often associated with newspapers that concentrate on sensationalism (murders, kidnappings, salacious stories) and have many large photographs.