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[pah-puh-raht-soh; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsaw] /ˌpɑ pəˈrɑt soʊ; Italian ˌpɑ pɑˈrɑt tsɔ/
noun, plural paparazzi
[pah-puh-raht-see; Italian pah-pah-raht-tsee] /ˌpɑ pəˈrɑt si; Italian ˌpɑ pɑˈrɑt tsi/ (Show IPA)
a freelance photographer, especially one who takes candid pictures of celebrities for publication.
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
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noun (pl) -razzi (-ˈrætsiː)
a freelance photographer who specializes in candid camera shots of famous people and often invades their privacy to obtain such photographs
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C20: from Italian
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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.



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: one of the most paparazzi-plagued women of this American century


A freelance photographer who hounds celebrities: out of the public spotlight and away from the paparazzi (1968+)

[plural of Italian paparazzo]

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