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.

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At the time of the fire, smoke drifted across Interstate 580 in the vicinity, obscuring part of the freeway, according to an eyewitness account from a reporter with this news organization. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "San Leandro businesses destroyed in fire on East 14th Street," 21 June 2019 King was identified as the suspect through security camera videos, eyewitness accounts and social media posts, Young said. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "Man accused of following delivery trucks to steal packages from porches," 11 June 2019 Evans’ testimony Thursday differed from how defense attorneys described her eyewitness account during opening statements. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship trial: Key defense witness testifies on suspected arsonists," 6 June 2019 Notably in that siege is the eyewitness account of the French monk, Abbo Cernuusdescribing the use of ballistae by the French leader, King Odo, in his poem Wars of the City of Paris. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 Her account was relayed to me by Mamopulakos and confirmed by another eyewitness interviewed by Foro Penal, a Venezuelan human-rights organization. Michael Canyon Meyer, Outside Online, "The Murder of Venezuela's Visionary Adventure Guide," 24 June 2019 Testimony in Gallagher’s murder trial resumes Thursday when another eyewitness to the alleged stabbing is expected to take the stand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SEAL’s former teammates say he shot Iraqi civilian, stabbed wounded detainee," 19 June 2019 Like a Nightmare’ was released on Monday, June 25, and includes interviews with eyewitnesses to the tragedy. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Christina Grimmie shooting death in Orlando happened three years ago," 10 June 2019 The women were punched several times before the attackers ran off the bus, and a phone and bag were stolen, police said in asking for eyewitnesses. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Kiss! Kiss!: London bus attack began in a way familiar to many LGBTQ women," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of eyewitness

1539, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eyewitness

: a person who sees something happen and is able to describe it



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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