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 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.

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More Deepfake Deep Dives This exhibit is designed to give a more personal experience for museum-goers; Dalí even offers to take a selfie with you. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Meet Salvador Dali. Or at Least, a Very Convincing Fake," 10 May 2019 Besides scrolling through tweets or taking selfies with fans in public, Chrissy also appreciates all the wonderfully odd (and sometimes spot-on) fan theories the internet has to offer — even the ones that suggest doom in Kate's future. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Chrissy Metz Says This Is Us Fans Have Kate All Wrong," 19 Mar. 2019 In addition to taking a selfie with Terry Crews, BTS found themselves in the middle of very excited cluster of famous people. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Every Iconic BTS Moment You Missed During Billboard Music Awards 2019," 2 May 2019 Woods dismissed his question and continued signing autographs and took a selfie with a fan. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordyn Woods Says She Will "Always" Have Love For Kylie Jenner," 19 Apr. 2019 And the only thing worse than trying to get a photo of them alone is trying to take a selfie with your pup. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Get the Perfect Selfie With Your Dog, Thanks to This $10 Shark Tank Product," 19 Mar. 2019 The snow leopard did what anyone would do upon discovering a camera – take a selfie. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Snow leopard 'poses for selfies,' goes viral," 28 Sep. 2018 Accompanying the tweet is a picture of three people taking a selfie. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "A Rays minor-league team is hosting a ‘Millennial Night.’ Twitter was not happy," 13 July 2018 But for Tempest, the experience of taking a selfie is fun. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "How Instagram is inspiring Scottsdale art for a new generation," 10 July 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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