paparazzo

[ pah-puh-raht-soh; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsaw ]
/ ˌpɑ pəˈrɑt soʊ; Italian ˌpɑ pɑˈrɑt tsɔ /

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.

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Origin of paparazzo

First recorded in 1965–70; from 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 an Italian translation at the time of the movie's production
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British Dictionary definitions for paparazzo

paparazzo
/ (ˌpæpəˈrætsəʊ) /

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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