eye·​wit·​ness | \ ˈī-ˈwit-nəs How to pronounce eyewitness (audio) \

Definition of eyewitness

: one who sees an occurrence or an object especially : one who gives a report on what he or she has seen

Examples of eyewitness in a Sentence

The police are hoping to locate an eyewitness to the shooting. He was able to give an eyewitness account of the shooting.
Recent Examples on the Web But to Pringle’s irritation, Duvoisin and Doig asked for more reporting, including about two figures who subsequently added eyewitness corroboration. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 These eyewitness testimonies are significant since few panzer crewmen and infantry combat soldiers would survive subsequent campaigns, particularly those fought in Europe and the Mediterranean. Robert Kershaw, WSJ, 29 July 2022 She is eventually shot by the officer, closely matching both earlier updates from police and eyewitness statements. CBS News, 26 July 2022 The case against him hinged on the testimony of one eyewitness. Joshua Sharpe, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2022 Another eyewitness went into some detail about the level of PDA on display as the couple sat on a park bench for two hours on Friday, kissing and cuddling each other. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 25 July 2022 And statements from Texas officials and eyewitness and media accounts show the attack was all too real. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 Experts say satellite imagery, together with on-the-ground photos and eyewitness accounts, could be vital in providing evidence to be able to take those responsible for Russia’s alleged war crimes to court. NBC News, 3 May 2022 An eyewitness, who was walking on a public footpath near the takeoff point, captured the video. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 15 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of eyewitness

1539, in the meaning defined above

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“Eyewitness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyewitness. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of eyewitness

: one who sees an occurrence or object or sometimes experiences it through other senses (as hearing) and usually reports or testifies about it


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