Definition of column inch in English:

column inch

Pronunciation /ˈkäləm ˌinCH/ /ˈkɑləm ˌɪntʃ/


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

    ‘it was a story which would fill many 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another report on crime also released last week attracted hardly a column inch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were paid by the column inch, not the word, but it's pretty much the same deal.’
    • ‘This is the sound of a band more interested in increasing their tabloid column inch count with their various late night shenanigans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have you been buying up every celeb magazine on the shelves this year and reading every column inch of showbiz gossip in the papers?’
    • ‘The press should have given him one column inch, skipped the photo, and moved on to the next story.’
    • ‘But every column inch devoted to his liaisons is space not available for something else.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the 1950s, she was adept at grabbing newspaper headlines and column inches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then they quickly realised that markets are fickle and that column inches in newspapers are no guarantee of share price performance.’
    • ‘The BBC later apologised, but few newspapers gave the same column inches to the apology as they had to the original interview.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am vaguely irritated by the length of column inches you occupy.’
    • ‘One bad Hollywood film can hog more feature column inches than all the country's classical musical talent put together.’
    • ‘We've filled column inches and helped to pass the time.’