paparazzo

noun
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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Jordan rolled out the red carpet for the series premiere at an upscale Amman golf course flocked by paparazzi. Isabel Debre, Fortune, "Netflix's First Original Arabic Series, 'Jinn,' Stirs Up Outrage in Jordan," 21 June 2019 Naturally, the paparazzi have been all over the former First Family, capturing images of Barack and the two sisters traipsing around France and hiking, as well as a rare shot of Michelle Obama rocking curly hair. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Michelle Obama Just Wore Her Hair Curly on Vacation," 21 June 2019 Jordan rolled out the red carpet for the series premiere at an upscale Amman golf course flocked by paparazzi. Washington Post, "Netflix’s first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf," 19 June 2019 While out and about in London, paparazzi caught a rare glimpse of Pippa Middleton with her baby boy, Arthur. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Looks Chic During a Rare Outing with Her Son Arthur," 1 Mar. 2019 After the Oscars, Cooper has been staying relatively under the radar, occasionally getting photographed by paparazzi during casual outings with Shayk. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Reportedly Haven't Hung Out Since the Oscars," 19 Apr. 2019 In early January, paparazzi caught Tiffany Trump and her new boyfriend Michael Boulos out in London’s upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Inside Tiffany Trump's Relationship with New Boyfriend Michael Boulos," 18 Mar. 2019 Instead, Thomas insisted he’s been ambushed by paparazzi who have photographed him as a disheveled recluse. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's father not attending royal wedding after heart attack, staged paparazzi photos, says report," 14 May 2018 In August 2017, the duo attempted to sneak past paparazzi in London by hiding behind an umbrella while leaving a party. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Rihanna's Boyfriend, Hassan Jameel?," 22 Feb. 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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paparazzo

noun

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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