paparazzo

[pah-puh-raht-soh; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsaw]
noun, plural paparazzi [pah-puh-raht-see; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsee] .
a freelance photographer, especially one who takes candid pictures of celebrities for publication.

Origin:
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 (ˌpæpəˈrætsəʊ)
 
n , pl -razzi
a freelance photographer who specializes in candid camera shots of famous people and often invades their privacy to obtain such photographs
 
[C20: from Italian]

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paparazzi
1961, from It. Paparazzo (pl. paparazzi) surname of the freelance photographer in Federico Fellini's 1959 film "La Dolce Vita." The name 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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Example sentences
The show advertises itself as the first survey of paparazzi in this country,
  and that makes sense.
They prefer the intrusive shots that paparazzi sell.
Beating up your paparazzi stalkers is so last century.
She likes a good party and a hot new nightclub and has been a persistent
  paparazzi favorite.
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