ear·​wit·​ness | \ ˈir-ˈwit-nəs How to pronounce earwitness (audio) \

Definition of earwitness

: one who overhears something especially : one who gives a report on what has been heard

Examples of earwitness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An earwitness on the safe side of the locker-room door joked about the need to repaint the walls after the coach's halftime address. Kevin Scarbinsky, AL.com, "Tennessee learns Alabama's only challenger is its own head coach," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of earwitness

1539, in the meaning defined above

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“Earwitness.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earwitness. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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