selfie

noun self·ie \ ˈsel-fē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of selfie

: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks

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The first-known appearance of selfie in written form occurred in 2002 on an Australian news website, but the word didn't see much use until 2012. By November 2013, selfie was appearing frequently enough in print and electronic media that the Oxford English Dictionary chose the word as its Word of the Year. This announcement itself led to a significant increase in the use of the word by news organizations, an increase that was further boosted following the December 10, 2013, memorial service for Nelson Mandela, at which American President Barack Obama was caught taking a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The word selfie, with its suggestions of self-centeredness and self-involvement, was particularly popular with critics who saw this moment as a reflection of the President's character.

First Known Use of selfie

2002


SELFIE Defined for English Language Learners

selfie

noun

Definition of selfie for English Language Learners

  • : a picture that you take of yourself especially by using the camera on your smartphone


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