view·​er | \ ˈvyü-ər How to pronounce viewer (audio) \

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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Katy, Luke, and Lionel were stunned at the big reveal, and the viewers at home couldn’t get enough of her prank. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'American Idol' Winner Maddie Poppe Is Unrecognizable in the New Season," 24 Mar. 2019 Fans aren’t the only ones with a lot of feelings about Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; the cast seems to love the series just as much as the viewers. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, and More "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Stars Post Emotional Tributes to the Series," 23 Dec. 2018 Your eyes may be fixated on the seemingly fake snow, but the effort that goes into the costumes of your favorite cheesy holiday movie—as romanticized and polished as the plot points—are just as crucial in immersing the viewer in this world. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "Why You Should Be Paying Attention to the Costumes in All Those Holiday Movies," 7 Dec. 2018 Of the five performers left on Fox's hit competition show The Masked Singer, the Rabbit has unquestionably given viewers the most trouble. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "There's No Question That Joey Fatone Is the Rabbit on 'The Masked Singer'," 17 Feb. 2019 But that number paled in comparison to the tens of millions of players (and even more regular esports viewers) for genre heavyweights like Dota 2 and League of Legends. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm," 14 Dec. 2018 The room is decorated with Mantegna’s trompe l’oeil frescoes, including a ceiling panel that gives viewers the impression of being watched by figures peering down from an apparent opening above. John Hooper, WSJ, "At Long Last, Early Renaissance Works Are Reunited," 28 Nov. 2018 Twitch allowed for extensions to play over games, giving viewers the option to implement widgets that displayed live statistics. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly bidding on multiple Fox sports channels," 20 Nov. 2018 The movie gives viewers a lot to think about and really opens the door to asking more questions about the way the art market works. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "New Documentary The Price of Everything Reveals the Art World's Best-Kept Secrets," 17 Oct. 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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