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The Collaborative International Dictionary

paparazzo \paparazzo\ pl. paparazzi. n. [from Signore Paparazzo, a photographer in Fellini's film La Dolce Vita.] 1. A free-lance photographer that specializes in following and photographing celebrities such as movie stars, especially to obtain candid photographs in private situations; as, her dogged pursuit by the paparazzi was believed to be a major factor in Princess Diana's death.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see paparazzi.


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

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

  2. [also: paparazzi (pl)]

Usage examples of "paparazzo".

Only now after a heartbeat did the sparrow rear up with the whirling of its wings: the little paparazzo of the sparrow.

The twirling cubes quickly corrected themselves, with a paparazzo flutter.

James McMullen, or I should make clear - by the efforts of some paparazzo and his girlfriend reporter.

Starlitz roping in the services of his favorite paparazzo to stoke the media for the G-7 Turkish tour.

Richard and be photographed by every goddam paparazzo in London, and that meant colour, the brighter the better.

Instamatic taking happy snaps- and she thought it was another goddam paparazzo and totally collapsed.

If an enraged actress smashed a paparazzo on the head with his own camera, it was J.

Like a paparazzo willing to scale an oceanside cliff to get a shot no one else had, the funds meant nothing more than that Tajo was willing to be the first to risk associating with her in order to get the scoop.

The paparazzo from a French celebrity weekly glowered at this odd figure coming out of nowhere.

Costa watched him, watched the checked shirt change his focus, away from the paparazzo, first to the distant figure of Sara and then to him.

As he made his way from the building, pursued by the snapping paparazzo, he felt a moment of sympathy for someone like Sasha Nijinsky, who such trash.

Others were like snapshots taken by a paparazzo, slightly blurred because of movement or distance.