firsthand

adjective first·hand \ ˈfərst-ˈhand \

Definition of firsthand

:obtained by, coming from, or being direct personal observation or experience
  • a firsthand account of the war
  • … had a firsthand view of the turmoil that wracked the region.
  • —William W. Finan, Jr.

firsthand

adverb

Examples of firsthand in a Sentence

  1. He gave a firsthand account of the battle.

  2. She draws on firsthand experiences for her novel.

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First Known Use of firsthand

1699

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FIRSTHAND Defined for English Language Learners

firsthand

adjective

Definition of firsthand for English Language Learners

  • : coming directly from actually experiencing or seeing something


FIRSTHAND Defined for Kids

firsthand

adjective or adverb first·hand \ ˈfərst-ˈhand \

Definition of firsthand for Students

:coming right from the original source
  • firsthand information
  • I got the story firsthand.


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