Definition of column inch in US English:

column inch


  • A one-inch length of a column in a newspaper or magazine.

    • ‘So, you get a band whose personality may be large, but empty, being touted as the next great thing whilst what could prove to be a revelation is consigned to a column inch at most.’
    • ‘Have you been buying up every celeb magazine on the shelves this year and reading every column inch of showbiz gossip in the papers?’
    • ‘If you look at the papers of the time, you will find perhaps a quarter of a column inch on the death of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on the 28th of June of 1914.’
    • ‘They were paid by the column inch, not the word, but it's pretty much the same deal.’
    • ‘The press should have given him one column inch, skipped the photo, and moved on to the next story.’
    • ‘From Bangkok to Buenos Aires, newspapers devoted column inches and even front pages to the antics of two men huddled over a board in Reykjavik.’
    • ‘One bad Hollywood film can hog more feature column inches than all the country's classical musical talent put together.’
    • ‘As I said, to the extent it's reported, it's just direct reportage or a few column inches in some of the better newspapers.’
    • ‘And while she may have garnered a column inch or two for her red catsuit and cherubic pout, her music appears just as colourful as the outfits.’
    • ‘During the 1950s, she was adept at grabbing newspaper headlines and column inches.’
    • ‘What Gray must now do, and with a degree of urgency, is listen very carefully to his colleagues, his advisers and perhaps even the numerous economic commentators whose views have filled many a column inch over the last few days.’
    • ‘But every column inch devoted to his liaisons is space not available for something else.’
    • ‘Then they quickly realised that markets are fickle and that column inches in newspapers are no guarantee of share price performance.’
    • ‘Another report on crime also released last week attracted hardly a column inch.’
    • ‘The official briefing was dutifully reported by most papers ‘as new’ and the minister, no doubt, felt happy with his column inch count and the appearance of being tough on crime.’
    • ‘This is the sound of a band more interested in increasing their tabloid column inch count with their various late night shenanigans.’
    • ‘Their prices rise and fall depending on market forces and dividends are paid on those who generate the most column inches in national newspapers and magazines.’
    • ‘The BBC later apologised, but few newspapers gave the same column inches to the apology as they had to the original interview.’
    • ‘I am vaguely irritated by the length of column inches you occupy.’
    • ‘We've filled column inches and helped to pass the time.’


column inch

/ˈkäləm ˌinCH/