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

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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 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.

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Hashtagged posts of treadmill stats and workout selfies show that the walking goal is now officially starting to take off. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "See What 'Counting On' Star Anna Duggar Looks Like After Doing a 50-Mile Walking Challenge," 19 Mar. 2019 Back in June, Kylie 'grammed this gorgeous natural selfie with little Stormi peeking from the corner of the pic. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "10 Times the Kardashians Hilariously Clapped Back At Instagram Haters," 19 Mar. 2019 From Elle Fanning wearing a summer-worthy dress while showing off a behind-the-scenes red carpet moment to Lana Condor sharing her love of leather jackets — and great selfie lighting — there were so many looks worthy of capturing. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Fur Boots and More Instagram Celeb Style Moments From This Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 The country singer and pop star are known for sharing romantic selfies, supporting each other's careers, and gushing about their love at every opportunity. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Gwen Stefani Admitted the Sweetest Thing About Her Boyfriend Blake Shelton," 23 Feb. 2019 Cougars fans started posting selfies sporting fake mustaches. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home," 22 Jan. 2019 That egg better start working on its selfie game, stat. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "This Instagram Account Is Trying to Break Kylie Jenner's Most-Liked Photo Record," 13 Jan. 2019 Everyone was moving around and chatting, taking selfies, and eating rainbow cake balls. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Go on a 36-Hour All-Female Networking Trip," 12 Nov. 2018 They were seen kissing and taking selfies on the football field. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Christian Carino? 7 Things to Know About Lady Gaga’s Fiancé," 16 Oct. 2018

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.

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First Known Use of selfie

2002, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of selfie

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

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