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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the absence of more information, many have tried to piece the truth together by relying on eyewitness accounts, photographs and videos. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Over the next eight hours, white Tulsans shot and killed residents and looted and burned down 35 square blocks, with uniformed white police officers aiding in the destruction, according to eyewitness accounts. Lee Hawkins, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Based on eyewitness accounts to police, McKenzie was spotted in an alley next to where Rubio was found and had attempted to leave the location. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2021 As Greenwood burned, Parrish collected eyewitness accounts. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 21 May 2021 For starters, Berkowitz didn't resemble the police sketches that were based on eyewitness accounts of the shooter. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 11 May 2021 Compared to almost any other time when reporters write about crime, actual flesh-and-blood characters usually emerge – whether in the form of mug shots, arrest details, or through eyewitness accounts and the like. Andy Meek, BGR, 10 May 2021 There is no narration, no historical context supplied by experts, no readings from eyewitness accounts. Kyle Smith, National Review, 9 May 2021 He was troubled by apparent disparities between the composite sketches of the shooter, based on eyewitness accounts, and the appearance of Berkowitz. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of eyewitness

1539, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyewitness was in 1539

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8 Jun 2021

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“Eyewitness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyewitness. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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