The Definition of PAPARAZZI – PAPARAZZI in a Sentence

The Definition of PAPARAZZI – PAPARAZZI in a Sentence

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The word PAPARAZZI (plural) and PAPARAZZO (masculine singular) is of Italian origin and means:

  • an independent photographer who takes pictures of famous people
  • often persistently following a celebrity in order to take a candid photograph of them in their daily life,
  • which can then be sold to a media organization

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Where did the word come from?

In his film La Dolce Vita (1960), Italian film director Federico Fellini created a character called Paparazzo, who was an intrusive, freelance photographer.

So PAPARAZZO became the eponym of PAPARAZZI.

Eponym: a person, place or thing after which something is named

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In the picture we see a photographer using a huge lens on his camera.

Sentence example: How to be a paparazzo: invest in good equipment!

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In the picture we see a statue of a man peering round the corner holding a camera.

Sentence example: If you visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, look out for some unusual statues, such as this one, of a paparazzo peering round a corner.

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In the picture we see a large group of photographers.

Sentence example: At the GQ awards, the paparazzi were waiting outside in full force!

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So remember, the definition of PAPARAZZI is:

freelance photographers who follow famous people to take candid photographs of them which they then sell

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