[ par-uh-soh-shuhl ]

  1. of or relating to the connection or imagined connection between a regular person and a fictional character, celebrity, or other public figure: Part of having a favorite TV show is the parasocial interaction that you get with the characters you come to know.Fans naturally project their values into parasocial relationships, but they are bound to be disappointed one day when their idols aren't who they’ve built them up to be.

Origin of parasocial

First recorded in 1960–65; para-1 + social

Words Nearby parasocial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024