selfie

noun
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.

Examples of selfie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of all the people Bowser approached, only a handful said they were not vaccinated, including Rachel Madison, 30, who took a selfie with the mayor on her front porch. Washington Post, "To mask or not to mask? Mayor’s order stokes confusion in D.C.," 1 May 2021 Most recently, Dua Lipa took a mirror selfie while wearing a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier orange and yellow vest over a white shirt, something that was reminiscent of a really beautiful cater waiter. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Can the Tiny Little Vest Be Hot?," 14 Apr. 2021 The two sat on a couch instead and took the selfie there instead. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo staffer accuses governor of grooming her prior to groping incident," 7 Apr. 2021 An unnamed woman-turned-witness who accompanied Holder took a selfie with Hussle. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "New biography of late rapper Nipsey Hussle is as celebratory as it is heartbreaking," 25 Mar. 2021 At the beginning, middle and end of each walk, study participants took a selfie. Popular Science, "Regular doses of awe can do wonders for emotional health," 22 Sep. 2020 Chapman had also bragged on Facebook about being in the insurrection, the FBI said - and even changed his profile picture to a selfie in the riot. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "He boasted on Bumble about storming Capitol, feds say. His would-be date turned him in: ‘We are not a match’," 23 Apr. 2021 Users then take an in-app selfie to verify their identity. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "A Guide to Vaccine Passport Apps for American Travelers," 23 Apr. 2021 Chapman had also bragged on Facebook about being in the insurrection, the FBI said — and even changed his profile picture to a selfie in the riot. Washington Post, "He boasted on Bumble about storming Capitol, feds say. His would-be date turned him in: ‘We are not a match’," 23 Apr. 2021

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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10 May 2021

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“Selfie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfie. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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selfie

noun

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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