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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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 The saga of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart being hounded about their relationship status by fans and paparazzi alike is one that dates back to... oh, just about when rumors surfaced that the two could be more than costars. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Avoid Answering Paparazzi When Badgered About Their Relationship Status," 5 Apr. 2018 Thanks to their early 2000s takeover, some many of us still associate Ugg boots with velour sweatsuits and paparazzi pictures of Paris Hilton. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Ugg Boots Are Here And They're Anything But Basic," 6 Dec. 2017 Jennifer is famously very protective of her pet, at one point telling a paparazzo who dared encroach on Pippi's personal space not to touch her, according to Refinery29. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Reportedly Took Her Dog as Her Date to a Gala," 1 June 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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