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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First Known Use of viewer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Viewer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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