Definition of selfie
: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks
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Recent Examples of selfie from the Web
Lead vocalists Brother Hezekiah X and Brother Big Daddy Abel made their way through the crowd, dancing with members of the audience and posing for selfies.
Jobs holds the new iPhone in San Francisco, California on January 9, 2007.Kimberly White — Reuters Where My Selfies At?
Take a selfie of you and your work to share with others.
Even Michelle Obama joined in with a Twitter selfie sporting the group’s message.
And for a quick selfie, this clip-on LED light will illuminate front camera photos.
Jason Kander spent last week knocking on voters’ doors, shaking hands, giving speeches and snapping selfies with eager young campaign volunteers.
A selfie of 2017 NASA astronauts at Ellington Field.
The 11th grader, who took grinning selfies of himself and both of his new hooved friends, said having the animals on campus helped relieve the stress of studies.
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Did You Know?
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
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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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