Definition of paparazzo in English:



  • A freelance photographer who pursues celebrities to get photographs of them.

    ‘she inclined her head graciously, permitting the paparazzi to photograph her’
    • ‘Getting up in darkness in the hope of avoiding them, he finds reporters and paparazzi parked at his door.’
    • ‘Like many celebrities, I guess she wearies of the paparazzi and needs some peace and quiet.’
    • ‘It's well-known among the paparazzi that celebrities do not like to be photographed eating.’
    • ‘Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is clamping down on members of the paparazzi who assault celebrities.’
    • ‘Well, now some lawmakers and celebrities are calling for a law to rein in the paparazzi.’
    • ‘The actress claims a paparazzo photographer used a telephoto lens to snap her when she was partly undressed in her home.’
    • ‘Endlessly stalked by paparazzi, she responded, commendably, by not responding.’
    • ‘No charges were brought against the paparazzi who had been pursuing the car.’
    • ‘Freeman argued that at the time he was being chased by paparazzi and was forced to drive with excessive speed to avoid death or injury.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Brad has reportedly hired four body doubles to try and shake off the paparazzi in the US..’
    • ‘People often accuse paparazzi of infringing on the human rights of celebrities.’
    • ‘Fans at street level do their best to get photos with their cameras above their heads like paparazzi.’
    • ‘In a case of life imitating art, the couple attracted the attention of the real paparazzi, along with hordes of fans.’
    • ‘And in 1999 he was arrested for fighting with paparazzi outside a London restaurant.’
    • ‘He is uncomfortable with the way soap stars can be photographed by the paparazzi at their worst.’
    • ‘Some of the paparazzi were screaming for Jack and some were screaming for Cher, and all the flashbulbs were going off.’
    • ‘To avoid the paparazzi and journalistic interest the religious ceremony will be held in the family home.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm in the ranks of people who are besieged by the paparazzi.’
    • ‘It surely does constitute some worry, when paparazzi photographers are trying to drive and take photos at the same time.’
    • ‘Despite being hunted by paparazzi the world over, he has avoided being photographed since the age of 18.’


1960s: from Italian, from the name of a character in Fellini's film La Dolce Vita (1960).