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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.
: one of the most paparazzi-plagued women of this American centurynoun
A freelance photographer who hounds celebrities: out of the public spotlight and away from the paparazzi (1968+)
[plural of Italian paparazzo]