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 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 Spears had the misfortune of breaking down as the vulturous tabloid culture of the mid-aughts reached its peak when a lucky paparazzo could make hundreds of thousands of dollars off a single celebrity snapshot. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2021 But Carlson said that in 2007, the same year that Spears was all over the news for shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella, Carlson herself had her first psychotic experience. Washington Post, 15 July 2021

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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 7 Dec. 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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