eyewitness

play
noun eye·wit·ness \ˈī-ˈwit-nəs\

Definition of eyewitness

  1. :  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

  1. The police are hoping to locate an eyewitness to the shooting.

  2. He was able to give an eyewitness account of the shooting.

Recent Examples of eyewitness from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eyewitness'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of eyewitness

1539


EYEWITNESS Defined for English Language Learners

eyewitness

play
noun

Definition of eyewitness for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

eyewitness

noun eye·wit·ness

Legal Definition of eyewitness

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up eyewitness? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to reach the highest or a decisive point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!