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 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 Had the paparazzi gotten wind, pandemonium would have surely ensued. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "A new chip factory is coming to America, but at what cost?," 15 May 2020 Luca and the other children were playing football when Duff noticed the man, who refused to directly identify himself as a paparazzo, photographing them. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Confronts a "Creepy" Photographer for Taking Pictures of Her Son's Friends Playing in the Park," 23 Feb. 2020 Still, nothing prepared him for the unprecedented challenge of working as a paparazzo in the middle of a global pandemic. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "As celebs shelter at home, paparazzi hustle to find new angles," 3 Apr. 2020 On their way out of the L.A. airport, the duo were surrounded by paparazzi, all begging for clarification as to whether the on-screen couple are an off-screen one as well. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Avoid Answering Paparazzi When Badgered About Their Relationship Status," 5 Apr. 2018 The couple's oldest, Maddox, made headlines for moving into college and was even asked by paparazzi about his relationship with his father. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Advises Her Kids to Find Their "True Selves" in a World of Constant Public Scrutiny," 7 Nov. 2019 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

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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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5 Jun 2020

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“Paparazzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 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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