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

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Recent Examples on the Web Joseph Mandour, managing partner of Mandour & Associates, a Southern California firm specializing in intellectual property law, told USA TODAY in October this holds true even if a celeb poses and smiles for a paparazzo's shot. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Liam Hemsworth, Ariana Grande and more: Celebs sued by paparazzi over copyright," 17 Dec. 2019 Harry’s mother was killed while paparazzi chased her across town. Hasit Shah, Quartz, "The UK’s first black royal has already walked away," 9 Jan. 2020 And on her reality TV show The Simple Life, as well as in numerous paparazzi photos, Hilton sported the Ugg and sweat pant combo. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Mouse on 'The Masked Singer?' Fans Are Almost Certain They Know The Celeb's Identity," 4 Jan. 2020 Take, for example, the time Justin called out a paparazzo who followed him around to inquire if Hailey was pregnant. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Responds to Pregnancy Rumors (Again)," 30 Nov. 2019 This week, Hilary Duff joined the ranks of stars who have taken the step to speak out against the way paparazzi follow their children. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Shares a Video of Her Son Crying After Being Followed Everywhere by Unrelenting Paparazzi," 21 Dec. 2019 Last Friday, Dunham, 33, was leaving a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles when paparazzi photographed her holding a cane. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Jemima Kirke Praises Lena Dunham for Opening Up About Health Struggles: It's 'Really Refreshing'," 5 Nov. 2019 Prince Harry has long fought to protect Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, from the abuse experienced by his late mother, who was hounded by paparazzi right up until she was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Duchess Meghan: ‘Not many people have asked if I’m okay’," 18 Oct. 2019 Today, the paparazzi’s favorite human rights lawyer hit the streets of New York City in an ensemble that rejected fall’s muted colors. Vogue, "Amal Clooney Is Bringing Spring’s Color-Blocking Trend into Fall," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Paparazzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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: a photographer who follows famous people in order to take their pictures and then sells the pictures to newspapers or magazines

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