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.

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There is no correlation, for example, between the eyewitness’s confidence in their identification and the accuracy of it. Emily Lane, nola.com, "Governor Edwards signs law allowing expert testimony on problems with eyewitness IDs," 5 June 2019 Santos also has said there was no physical evidence or eyewitnesses linking Skakel to the killing. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Michael Skakel case: New murder trial ordered for Kennedy cousin," 4 May 2018 Santos also has said there was no physical evidence or eyewitnesses linking Skakel to the killing. Time, "New Murder Trial Ordered for Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel," 4 May 2018 Santos also argued that there was no physical evidence or eyewitnesses connecting Skakel to Moxley's murder. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Connecticut court orders new murder trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, report says," 4 May 2018 Boente, though, is not an eyewitness to Trump and Comey's interaction. Matt Zapotosky, chicagotribune.com, "Dana Boente, former top Justice Department official now at FBI, has been interviewed by Mueller," 11 Apr. 2018 Would the eyewitnesses — often, friends — who could help deliver justice for their families ever be moved to do what that couple had done? Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "Hope is a great gift for mothers of murder victims, bettered only by deliverance | Helen Ubiñas," 11 May 2018 Meantime, neighbors and eyewitnesses described a weekend scene of destruction as flames rose from the Gasciogne Lumber Co. and Northwest Millwork operations along the ship canal between Puget Sound and Lake Union. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Cause of massive North Queen Anne lumber yard fire remains under investigation," 13 Nov. 2018 This is where the stories of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Steven’s family and apparent eyewitnesses split. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Teen Shooting Victim Steven Rosenthal's Family Counters Suicide Ruling," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of eyewitness

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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