self·​ie | \ ˈsel-fē How to pronounce selfie (audio) \

Definition of selfie

: an image that includes oneself (often with another person or as part of a group) and is taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks

What is the origin of selfie?

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 Oxford Dictionaries (publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as other dictionaries) 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 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.

Examples of selfie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Araneda hopes that people respect wild places and keep their distance, rather than charging in with selfie sticks. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022 Here's a useful gift for selfie lovers and future influencers. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 If the selfie had never been invented, people would have to find some other reason to walk backward over cliffs. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 The first box offering for Born Pink includes a package box, CD, 80-page photo book and lyrics sheet, in addition to other goodies such as a poster, random selfie photocards, postcards, two instant films, and a special sticker. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 Davidson and Kardashian stayed mostly silent about West's threats, though the comedian did reportedly send the rapper a string of texts asking him to stop harassing him and Kardashian, and a selfie of him in the SKKN founder's bed. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2022 Cosgrove wrote alongside a backseat selfie with the bride, their rose bouquets on display. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 Jorge di Giorgio of Los Angeles takes a selfie before hiking the spine of the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park in April 2022. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Over the weekend, the Oscar-winning actor and hair trendsetter (just ask the 1990s) dropped a selfie featuring her latest hair color, which is a dazzlingly deep purple. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'selfie.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of selfie

2002, in the meaning defined above

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“Selfie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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