pa·​pa·​raz·​zo | \ ˌpä-pə-ˈrät-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce paparazzo (audio) \
plural paparazzi\ ˌpä-​pə-​ˈrät-​(ˌ)sē How to pronounce paparazzo (audio) \

Definition of paparazzo

: a freelance photographer who aggressively pursues celebrities for the purpose of taking candid photographs a movie star surrounded by a swarm of paparazzi

Examples of paparazzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ron Galella, the relentless paparazzo who hounded the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marlon Brando and Richard Burton during his career but found his photographs displayed in museums and art galleries throughout the world, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 He's played a deaf drummer and a tech-bro CEO, a freewheeling surf instructor and a reluctant paparazzo, even a Rebel Alliance pilot in a galaxy far, far away. Leah Greenblatt,, 30 Nov. 2021 Britney attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella. Aj Willingham, CNN, 13 Nov. 2021 About a year and an ongoing global pandemic later, a paparazzo snapped a photo of Nanjiani in his gym’s parking lot. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 12 Oct. 2021 Even if—as happened in this case—the air space over the crash was closed to prevent drone photographers and other prying eyes, anyone on the ground with a cell phone can be a paparazzo. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2021 And yet the first image of Affleck that comes to mind is almost certainly one taken by a paparazzo. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 14 Oct. 2021 Demi Lovato is sharing their appreciation for Lizzo after the 33-year-old singer corrected a paparazzo who misgendered Demi in a now viral video. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 6 July 2021 Set to anthemic power guitar (piped in by sound designer Ben Williams), Gould leaps and spins, flirts with an invisible paparazzo over one shoulder, then mimes his getaway in an invisible car. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of paparazzo

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paparazzo

Italian, from Paparazzo, surname of such a photographer in the film La dolce vita (1959) by Federico Fellini

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“Paparazzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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