eyewitness

noun
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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The archdiocese’s lawyers also pointed out that there were no eyewitnesses who could confirm McIlmail’s accounts of abuse. Craig R. Mccoy, Philly.com, "In largest reported payout yet, Philadelphia Archdiocese settles abuse lawsuit," 25 June 2018 Their eyewitness account sheds new light on what happened in those early hours. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "5 years later: 5 new things about fire that killed Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters," 24 June 2018 Schrade believes Sirhan couldn’t have killed his friend because an autopsy report showed RFK was shot from near point-blank range from behind and eyewitnesses saw Sirhan standing in front of Kennedy. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "RFK’s children divided over calls for a fresh investigation of his assassination," 31 May 2018 An eyewitness claims to have seen Miller and his friends flee the scene on foot. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Mac Miller Arrested For DUI & Hit and Run in California: Report," 17 May 2018 Among the eyewitnesses to the New York blackout were a La Mesa woman and her son. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 14, 1977: Blackout hits N.Y.," 14 July 2018 The lawsuit filed by Jacques Rivera accuses former Detective Reynaldo Guevara of coercing the only eyewitness to Valentin’s shooting — a 12-year-old boy — into identifying Rivera as the gunman. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Controversial ex-Chicago cop expected to take the Fifth at trial over wrongful conviction," 5 June 2018 An eyewitness to the attack of a San Antonio man in 2014 detailed the brutal assault before the man was suffocated and dismembered and parts of his body cooked on a grill, as the murder retrial of Daniel Moreno Lopez opened Friday. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Witness details gruesome beating of San Antonio man who was cut up, body parts burned," 25 May 2018 Prosecutors Inga Petrovich and Taylor Anthony argued that jurors should have still found the witness credible due to the risk assumed in testifying as an eyewitness. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Trae Williams convicted of manslaughter in killing of his uncle in Algiers," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of eyewitness

1539, in the meaning defined above

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eyewitness

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English Language Learners Definition of eyewitness

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

eyewitness

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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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