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

Examples of candid camera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s not much production happening in the storyline, Stein asserts, likening it to candid camera—the situations might be set up, but the reactions are real. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 8 Jan. 2023 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 19 May. 2024.

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