paparazzo

noun
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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For example, one paparazzo snap of Bieber in a Supreme tee and Baldwin in a college sweatshirt made the rounds a few months ago. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin Gets Candid About Fashion, Family, and Life In the Spotlight," 16 Oct. 2018 In mid-August, Ashley and Cara were spotted together at London's Heathrow Airport where a paparazzo snapped pictures of the two actors apparently kissing. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Benson Won't Confirm or Deny Cara Delevingne Dating Rumors," 25 Aug. 2018 And for the Women of the Summit, the Riverdale star delivered a powerful speech about how social media and paparazzi photos have warped her sense of self. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit Live," 11 Nov. 2018 Hilary Duff is not putting up with a persistent paparazzo. Fox News, "Pregnant Hilary Duff confronts paparazzi who she says was stalking her: 'This is not OK'," 24 Sep. 2018 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. refinery29.com, "Hey Pete Davidson, What’s In Your Bag?," 26 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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paparazzo

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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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