view·​er | \ ˈvyü-ər \

Definition of viewer

: one that views: such as
a : a person who watches television
b : a person legally appointed to inspect and report on property
c : an optical device used in viewing

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Examples of viewer in a Sentence

The program attracts millions of viewers every week. She is a regular viewer of the evening news. The exhibit was surrounded by a large crowd of viewers.
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Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.12 million viewers in prime time. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Often overlooked, evening news shows have loyal fans," 5 Feb. 2019 After a month-long hiatus, Riverdale is back to its old tricks, shocking viewers and leaving us with literally a million questions. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Midseason Premiere's Most Shocking Moments," 17 Jan. 2019 The show aims to turn romantic comedy tropes on their heads, reminding viewers at every turn that Joe's relationship with Guinevere Beck is anything but healthy. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Penn Badgley Reminds Fans His "You" Character Joe Goldberg Is the Worst," 9 Jan. 2019 Many of those viewers contributed to rolling, real-time commentary on Twitter , adding to the one-night-only feel. Darryn King, WSJ, "‘Rent’ Is the Next Live Musical Coming to TV," 23 Jan. 2019 That tension endeared her to millions of viewers, earning her high ratings for her BBC documentaries. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sister Wendy Beckett, the Nun Who Made Art History Into Must-Watch TV, Has Died," 27 Dec. 2018 The festival spotlights the latest in music film, ranging from intimate portraits of artists to career-spanning retrospectives, as well as introduces a new generation of viewers to archival films. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Portland, OR, in January 2019," 20 Dec. 2018 The Handmaid’s Tale dangled the prospect of freedom in front of viewers, only to snatch it away. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Maddening Season Finale for The Handmaid’s Tale," 11 July 2018 The twists and turns of the plot, which take viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, expose the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself… and ultimately find love. Hal Boedeker,, "Jane Austen: Unfinished novel becomes ‘Masterpiece’ series," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of viewer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of viewer

: a person who watches television
: a person who sees or looks at something
: a device that is used to look at photographs

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