Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A freelance photographer who doggedly pursues celebrities to take candid pictures for sale to magazines and newspapers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A freelance photographer who sells photographs of celebrities to the media, especially one who pursues celebrities and attempts to obtain candid photographs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A free-lance photographer that specializes in following and photographing celebrities such as movie stars, especially to obtain candid photographs in private situations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a freelance photographer who pursues celebrities trying to take candid photographs of them to sell to newspapers or magazines

Etymologies

After Signor Paparazzo, a character in La Dolce Vita, a film by Federico Fellini.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian paparazzo (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Both documentaries use the same footage from Fellini's La Dolce Vita to explain the origin of the term paparazzo (it's a character's name).

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  • The mafia infiltration and grubby money-laundering is a far cry from the hedonistic era portrayed in Fellini's 1960 classic, which starred the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni as a society reporter and gave the world the word 'paparazzo'.

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  • Galella has never shied away from being called a paparazzo, derived from the Italian word for mosquito.

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  • You may not know this but the word paparazzo is actually a name.

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  • Galella, 79, whose life is examined in Leon Gast's "Smash His Camera", is old enough to have been working when the term "paparazzo" -- the sound in Italian made by a buzzing mosquito -- was coined to name a celebrity-chasing photographer character in the 1960 film "La Dolce Vita".

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  • Galella, 79, whose life is examined in Leon Gast's "Smash His Camera", is old enough to have been working when the term "paparazzo" -- the sound in Italian made by a buzzing mosquito

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  • And Wednesday, October 1st - here ` s the kicker - the 911 caller is identified as a paparazzo named Jill Ishkanian.

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  • One of the big new items of the past several days was the photos a parapazzi (or is the singular of paparazzi "paparazzo"?) took of the quite fit Obama shirtless on the Hawaii beach where he is staying.

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  • “I really don’t like being called a paparazzo,” Jamie said on a recent afternoon while she waited with her fellow photographers on the sidewalk outside Chez Toi, where a tipster had said Bloom and Balkan were dining.

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  • Attorneys for Alison Silva contend the words "paparazzo"

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  • Singular of the we-love-to-hate-'em 'paparazzi'.

    January 5, 2007