ob·​serv·​er əb-ˈzər-vər How to pronounce observer (audio)
: one that observes: such as
: a representative sent to observe but not participate officially in an activity (such as a meeting or war)
: an expert analyst and commentator in a particular field
political observers

Examples of observer in a Sentence

According to one observer, the event was poorly organized. The star is not visible to an observer without a telescope. According to one military observer, this change comes after years of planning. Observers say the economy is improving. The class has an observer today, so please be on your best behavior.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of observer was circa 1550

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“Observer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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