eye·​wit·​ness | \ˈī-ˈwit-nəs \

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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Lombino is the second eyewitness in the trial to detail the Roswell matter. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Ex-Bandidos member testifies about beatdown that quelled a coup," 3 Apr. 2018 The only surviving eyewitness account is that of Pliny the Younger, who wrote two letters to his friend, the historian Tacitus, describing the cataclysmic event. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption vaporized body fluids, exploded skulls," 9 Oct. 2018 According to an eyewitness, the couple arrived around 6:30 p.m. at the hospital and their car was seen leaving about an hour later. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Was Photographed Arriving to the Hospital Where Kate Gave Birth," 5 Oct. 2018 Over recent months, monitoring groups and eyewitnesses say Uighurs have been summoned from abroad and across China and sent into detention and indoctrination centers. Fox News, "China newspaper defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown," 13 Aug. 2018 According to an eyewitness, Nedim Cavcic, Mikowski used his stun gun on Norris. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Man who shot Meridian officer was a fugitive out on parole," 2 July 2018 About 500 people turned out for the demonstration on Friday evening, eyewitnesses said. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Israeli police accused of brutality in crackdown on demonstrating Israeli Arabs," 21 May 2018 Justice Goodwin Liu wrote the dissent, calling on the courts to better police eyewitness testimony. Maura Dolan, latimes.com, "California justice calls for new rules on eyewitness identification in court," 7 May 2018 An eyewitness told the outlet Khloe arrived a little bit into the first quarter but stayed until the end. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's FULL Relationship Timeline," 26 July 2018

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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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