Definition of editorial in US English:



  • 1Relating to the commissioning or preparing of material for publication.

    ‘the editorial team’
    • ‘Both writers made substantial adjustments to the original material, and their editorial work is now regarded as suspect and unscholarly.’
    • ‘For its part, the ABC maintains that its new policy on archival sales is meant to ensure the protection of the editorial integrity of the material.’
    • ‘‘Due to our own mistake, the promotional CD… had material with a grievous editorial error,’ the letter says.’
    • ‘What hurts the editorial staff of most publications is the intrusion into the creative process of money in the form of advertising revenue.’
    • ‘He had also hired a fresh team of senior editorial executives, nearly all of whom were still there eight years later.’
    • ‘In my editorship, I intend to remedy this situation by using a brief report format for a somewhat different goal: rapid editorial decision and publication.’
    • ‘He has also served as a visiting professor at several institutions and has served on several editorial boards of scholarly publications.’
    • ‘However, they are subject to the same editorial standards as the material that appears in our printed volume.’
    • ‘We have also been busy sorting and sending files and materials to the new editorial staff and are working closely with them to ensure a smooth transition.’
    • ‘Most stressed they had not been asked to show restraint by their governments but said they would use their editorial judgment if more material from the Saudi-born militant came their way.’
    • ‘The time to exercise editorial responsibility is before publication, not after.’
    • ‘I was beginning my ninth year on the publishing staff at the Historical Society in Helena and my second year in the editorial chair of this publication.’
    • ‘I don't think it's a necessary or wise rule for editorial decisions in publications such as this one.’
    • ‘And given the editorial quality of your publication so far I think it's safe to say that your opinions will soon become well respected.’
    • ‘Julia has just come to Heldref Publications to augment its editorial staff, with our journal as one of her first responsibilities.’
    • ‘Author charges of about $300 per published article are expected to cover the costs of peer review, editorial oversight, and publication.’
    • ‘As part of the publication process, the editorial staff further clarifies these relationships and properly discloses them in print.’
    • ‘The award is the result of collaboration between the editorial staff of Euromoney publications and consultants from major accounting and financial services firms.’
    • ‘Why is the assessment of editorial excellence as murky as critical judgment of poetry, chamber music or architecture?’
    1. 1.1 Relating to the part of a newspaper or magazine that contains news, information, or comment as opposed to advertising.
      ‘there are now fewer editorial pages’
      • ‘You'll find this column in its usual spot, the last editorial page in the magazine.’
      • ‘This is the 10th consecutive month the index has shown growth in manufacturing, yet this report received scant mention in the nightly news or on the editorial pages of the major newspapers.’
      • ‘But newspapers have NO right to lie to their readers and pass off advertising as editorial news or comment.’
      • ‘The tour had received quite a fair amount of free advertising on the editorial pages.’


  • 1A newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue.

    • ‘That event was celebrated with film footage, editorials and front-page headlines.’
    • ‘Old theories and controversies are refurbished in special articles and editorials.’
    • ‘A front-page editorial in the Chicago Tribune called for immediate impeachment proceedings against the President.’
    • ‘The editorial criticizes Reagan for failing to follow through on those democratic revolutions.’
    • ‘Both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ran editorials arguing that the decision went too far.’
    • ‘This vendetta was so absurd that many mainstream newspapers ran editorials in our defense.’
    • ‘The newspaper in its editorials also criticised the Japanese invaders.’
    • ‘The accompanying editorial concluded that dual therapy was rarely indicated.’
    • ‘Countless newspaper editorials have accused it of torpedoing local businesses.’
    • ‘The Guardian and Independent both devote editorials to the report.’
    • ‘I love to read the local stories, editorials, features, columns and letters.’
    • ‘The paper weighs in with a scathing editorial about the dress code debacle here.’
    • ‘In the interim, the LA Times ran an excellent editorial making some of the points above, and more.’
    • ‘There have been editorials, front-page stories and innumerable comment and opinion pieces on the situation.’
    • ‘Our newspapers are free to articulate their views in their own editorials every day.’
    • ‘That tells us what that newspaper's editorials and commentary are worth.’
    • ‘Both local newspapers published lead editorials calling for the privatization of the system.’
    • ‘A Telegraph editorial says the case shows that something's rotten in the European superstate.’
    • ‘The editorial concluded that the White House should present this alleged new evidence or stop talking about it.’
    • ‘On foreign policy, most editorials called for a review of the anti-nuclear policy.’
    article, piece, piece of writing, item, story, report, account, write-up, feature, essay, composition, study, review, criticism, critique, notice, commentary, leader
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    1. 1.1 The parts of a newspaper or magazine which are not advertising.
      • ‘The series also deals with crucial issues such as ethics, objectivity and advertising versus editorial.’
      • ‘During the last century the Evening Press evolved from an inky journal without editorial on the front page into a modern, colourful newspaper packed with photographs and graphics.’
      • ‘But there are other more subtle ways of encouraging health journalists to produce editorial.’
      • ‘Magazines can choose their editorial; they can't choose their advertising.’
      • ‘This raises all kinds of questions about the ever-shrinking wall between advertising and editorial.’
      • ‘Same goes for magazine editorial and advertising.’
      • ‘We are always looking for the highest quality editorial for our publication, recruiting authors from industry, national laboratories, and academia.’
      • ‘Proponents maintain it will be able to differentiate advertising from editorial, all the time looking for ads that claim a product is the best or better than a rival's offering.’
      • ‘The ratio of editorial to advertising in Ireland will be similar to the other magazines - two-thirds editorial.’
      • ‘The company is pushing for product placement within magazine editorial.’
      • ‘Roche will implement a new strategy that will see the newspaper's editorial more closely aligned with The Independent on Sunday, a sister publication based in London.’