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 of eyewitness from the Web
British police responded to eyewitness reports late Saturday that a van plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge.
A van rammed several pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday evening, according to an eyewitness.
The eyewitness tells KHOU that Hernandez was held in a chokehold by the deputy's husband for more than 10 minutes and was not breathing.
There were multiple eyewitnesses on their way to work who witnessed so much carnage that Tuesday morning that will live in infamy.
An eyewitness says visitors were removed calmly and that there was no panic.
Three eyewitnesses have offered different accounts about where the vehicle was and what Miller was doing moments before the fatal crash, WTOP reports, citing court filings and testimony.
Below, 12 people who were at or near the concert share their eyewitness accounts from last night's tragedy:
Because eyewitness are telling the tale, the story is more visceral and more intense than some of Burns’ previous work.
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
EYEWITNESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eyewitness for English Language Learners
: 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
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).