pa·​pa·​raz·​zo | \ˌpä-pə-ˈrät-(ˌ)sō \
plural paparazzi\ˌpä-​pə-​ˈrät-​(ˌ)sē \

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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Splash News August 2014 Karlie and Josh head to the U.S. Open and Josh stares into a paparazzo's soul. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "A Definitive Timeline of Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner's Very Private Relationship," 24 July 2018 For those unfamiliar, photos taken by paparazzi are worthless unless the image contains the subject’s face. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Paris Jackson fires back at paparazzi who compared her to her late father Michael Jackson," 6 Sep. 2018 On the flip side, though, a more low-key look could be highly appealing to a celebrity clientele, who'd covet an unassuming exterior that's less likely to be flanked by paparazzi day and night. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "There's An Interesting Theory Why Justin Timberlake's New York Penthouse Hasn't Sold," 25 July 2018 His brows need to be on point for all of those paparazzi pictures., "Hey Pete Davidson, What’s In Your Bag?," 26 June 2018 Before that, Bieber hit a paparazzo with his car after leaving a church service in Beverly Hills. Alexia Fernandez,, "Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin's Hamptons Date Hits the Skids as Their Pricey Mercedes Breaks Down," 2 July 2018 Thomas covered other topics as well—like those paparazzi pics of him. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Dad Says She Cried When He Couldn't Attend the Royal Wedding," 18 June 2018 A few days later, Sofia and Scott share a passionate kiss at Sugar Factory in Miami Beach in front of all their friends AND paparazzi. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's a Complete Timeline of Scott Disick and Sofia Richie's Relationship," 5 June 2018 In 1996, America’s Prince Charming, John F. Kennedy Jr., married the love of his life, Carolyn Bessette, in a ceremony that was designed to keep the media and the paparazzi away. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "TLC’s Forthcoming John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Wedding Movie Is Already Sad and Uncomfortable," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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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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