candid camera


: a camera used to record subjects in a natural, spontaneous, or unposed manner
also : something likened to a camera used in such a manner
candid-camera adjective

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Arizona State coach Herm Edwards uses a candid camera to keep everybody loose. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2019 Desperate to catch Victoria Beckham on candid camera? Corey Tenold, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of candid camera was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Candid camera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 23 Aug 2022

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