bystander

noun
by·​stand·​er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər How to pronounce bystander (audio) \

Definition of bystander

: one who is present but not taking part in a situation or event : a chance spectator innocent bystanders who were injured in the shooting

Examples of bystander in a Sentence

Two innocent bystanders were injured in the shooting. bystanders rushed to help the victim of the mugging
Recent Examples on the Web The killing, captured in bystander video, sparked protests worldwide and a reckoning of racial injustice. Amy Forliti, ajc, 27 July 2022 The killing, captured in bystander video, sparked protests worldwide and a reckoning of racial injustice. Amy Forliti, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 The killing, captured in bystander video, sparked protests worldwide and a reckoning of racial injustice. Amy Forliti, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 When Schleicher played a few seconds of the viral bystander video showing Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck, the former officer did not look up. Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2021 When Schleicher played a few seconds of the viral bystander video showing Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck, the former officer did not look up. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 The shooting happened just 10 miles from where Chauvin was seen in a viral bystander video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck and back on the pavement in front of Cup Foods in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 14 Apr. 2021 The four officers' encounter with Floyd in May 2020 was captured on video recorded by a bystander, a traffic camera and the officers' bodycams. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 7 July 2022 For her part, Sydney was just relieved the Heimlich — and the bystander — worked. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bystander

1584, in the meaning defined above

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“Bystander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bystander. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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bystander

noun
by·​stand·​er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər How to pronounce bystander (audio) \

Kids Definition of bystander

: a person present or standing near but taking no part in what is going on

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