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

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Recent Examples on the Web Armed with twins, Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Madison (Caitlin Thompson) learned about car seats and avoided a showdown with a paparazzo before an overwhelmed, grateful Kevin (re)proposed to his fiancée with a hospital ID bracelet., "This Is Us director, writer break down Kevin's dream reunion, that final scene, and more," 24 Feb. 2021 Mental health has become a public discussion, not something brushed off when someone asks why Britney Spears hit a paparazzo’s SUV with an umbrella. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Billie Eilish and the Future of the Pop Star Documentary," 26 Feb. 2021 Then, when they're followed by a paparazzo, Kevin pulls over and angrily confronts the man. Amanda Ostuni,, "This Is Us recap: The Pearsons digest being new parents," 24 Feb. 2021 The conservatorship began in 2008 amid Spears’s erratic behavior, ranging from shaving her head to attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella, to custody disputes with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, followed by psychiatric hospitalization. Kara Baskin,, "Everything you need to know about why Britney Spears is back in the news," 10 Feb. 2021 Eliza went on to share an incident when a paparazzo approached the twins while on a trip to the beach with Diana. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana's Nieces Said She Saved Them From a Potentially "Terrifying" Situation," 26 Jan. 2021 The documentary featured five paparazzo who had intense encounters with celebrities in Los Angeles. Vincent T. Davis,, "Local director credits San Antonio support for award-winning film," 12 Oct. 2020 Spears entered the arrangement not long after a series of alarming public acts, including shaving her head and hitting a paparazzo’s car with her umbrella. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Why is Britney Spears back in the news? A guide to the upheaval surrounding the pop star.," 26 Aug. 2020 In the press she was photographed without underwear, shaved her head, had an erratic 2007 MTV VMAs performance that became a watercooler moment, committed a misdemeanour hit-and-run, and assaulted the car of a paparazzo with an umbrella. Courtney E. Smith,, "Britney Spears: Her Conservatorship, Health Crisis & The Conspiracy Theories, Explained," 9 May 2020

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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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22 Mar 2021

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“Paparazzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paparazzo

: 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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