view·​er ˈvyü-ər How to pronounce viewer (audio)
: one that views: such as
: a person who watches television
: a person legally appointed to inspect and report on property
: an optical device used in viewing

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viewer was in the 15th century

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“Viewer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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view·​er ˈvyü-ər How to pronounce viewer (audio)
: one that views
especially : an optical device used in viewing
a viewer for slides

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