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paparazzo

[pah-puh-raht-soh; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsaw]
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noun, plural pa·pa·raz·zi [pah-puh-raht-see; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsee] /ˌpɑ pəˈrɑt si; Italian ˌpɑ pɑˈrɑt tsi/.
  1. a freelance photographer, especially one who takes candid pictures of celebrities for publication.
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Origin of paparazzo

1965–70; < Italian, from the surname of such a photographer in Federico Fellini's La dolce vita (1959), after the name of a hotelkeeper in George Gissing's By the Ionian Sea (1901), read by Fellini in It translation at the time of the movie's producton
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paparazzo, shutterbug, cameraperson

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paparazzo

noun plural -razzi (-ˈrætsiː)
  1. a freelance photographer who specializes in candid camera shots of famous people and often invades their privacy to obtain such photographs
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Word Origin for paparazzo

C20: from Italian
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Word Origin and History for paparazzi

n.

1961, from Italian Paparazzo (plural paparazzi) surname of the freelance photographer in Federico Fellini's 1959 film "La Dolce Vita." The surname itself is of no special significance; it is said to be a common one in Calabria, and Fellini is said to have borrowed it from a travel book, "By the Ionian Sea," in which occurs the name of hotel owner Coriolano Paparazzo.

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paparazzo

n.

see paparazzi.

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