self·ie | \ˈsel-fē \

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.

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Sometimes a selfie is more than just a good angle or feelin cute. Julius Young, Fox News, "'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland shows off kidney transplant scars in bikini selfie," 6 July 2018 Sometimes a selfie is more than just a good angle and feelin cute. Maria Pasquini,, "Sarah Hyland Shows Off Surgery Scars in Fourth of July Bikini Snap: '#scarsondisplay'," 5 July 2018 Beside the obvious applications of more precise biometric authentication and better portrait mode for selfies, Vivo’s new sensor could also be used for gesture and motion recognition. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Vivo’s new face ID tech has 10 times as many sensor points as the iPhone X," 27 June 2018 Gomez posed for several selfies and goofed off with attendees, many of the teens and young adults who are currently in treatment for cancer or have completed treatment at the SoCal facility. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Hit the Dance Floor to Surprise CHOC's Oncology Prom," 24 June 2018 Sometimes a selfie is more than just a good angle and feelin cute. Melissa Minton, Allure, "Sarah Hyland Shares Painful Hospital Selfie After Being "Torn From Work Against My Will"," 22 June 2018 If there were a photo type to define the millennial generation, the selfie is certainly it. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Readers share their best photos for National Selfie Day," 21 June 2018 Then there’s the hope that the more clickily over-the-top your clothing is, the more successful your selfies will be on social media. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Instagram Is Changing the Way Men Dress...for the Worse?," 30 May 2018 Aspirational selfies were on the menu this week, with the best beauty Instagrams proving that self-facing snaps are a matter of carpe diem—after all, the better the backdrop, the more memorable the moment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Solange Knowles, Kaia Gerber, and More," 20 May 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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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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