[pah-puh-raht-soh; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsaw]

noun, plural pa·pa·raz·zi [pah-puh-raht-see; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsee] /ˌpɑ pəˈrɑt si; Italian ˌpɑ pɑˈrɑt tsi/.

a freelance photographer, especially one who takes candid pictures of celebrities for publication.

Nearby words

  1. papandreou, george,
  2. papanicolaou smear,
  3. papanicolaou stain,
  4. papanicolaou test,
  5. paparazzi,
  6. papauma,
  7. papaveraceous,
  8. papaverine,
  9. papaw,
  10. papaya

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paparazzi


noun plural -razzi (-ˈrætsiː)

a freelance photographer who specializes in candid camera shots of famous people and often invades their privacy to obtain such photographs

Word Origin for paparazzo

C20: from Italian

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