watch·​er | \ ˈwä-chər How to pronounce watcher (audio) , ˈwȯ-\

Definition of watcher

: one that watches: such as
a : one that sits up or continues awake at night
b : watchman
c(1) : one that keeps watch beside a dead person
(2) : one that attends a sick person at night
d : a person who closely follows or observes someone or something a Supreme Court watcher often used in combination celebrity-watchers
e : a representative of a party or candidate who is stationed at the polls on an election day to watch the conduct of officials and voters

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Examples of watcher in a Sentence

the inexperienced babysitter turned out to be a well-meaning but hopelessly incompetent watcher of young children a safari that affords wildlife watchers plenty of opportunities to see Africa's grandest creatures in their natural habitat

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Royal watchers tore up their list of girls' names Monday morning after Duchess Kate gave birth to a boy Monday. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Royal baby: What will the new prince be named?," 23 Apr. 2018 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may be private about their romance in real-life, but the upcoming Lifetime movie about the engaged couple attempt to give Royal watchers some insight into their personal lives. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Cuddle in Bed in First Look at Lifetime TV Movie," 9 Feb. 2018 The three newspapers participating in Apple News Plus are the Los Angeles Times, Toronto Star and The Wall Street Journal — the latter a surprise to many industry watchers. Tali Arbel, The Seattle Times, "Newspapers largely shun Apple’s news subscription service," 27 Mar. 2019 Kennedy’s announcement came after the close of the Supreme Court’s latest term was no surprise to court watchers. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Trump Says He's Considering Two Women Supreme Court Nominee, Announcement to Come July 9," 29 June 2018 The former Daily Show writer and contributor fights for the attention of a binge-watcher, who is more interested in other (made-up) programming. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Michelle Wolf fights for bingewatcher's attention in promo for Netflix series 'The Break'," 28 Apr. 2018 This weekend, the Ambler Theater will offer classic film buffs and curious binge-watchers the opportunity to experience the joys of celluloid at the first 35mm Film Festival. Shaun Brady,, "Ambler Theater's new festival offers something rare for moviegoers: Actual film," 11 Apr. 2018 Only the most addicted of binge-watchers would even contemplate gorging himself sick by plowing through each one. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why I'm Drowning in Too Many Media Choices," 9 Apr. 2018 Fans would probably love the idea of a new royal princess in the mix—but boy or girl, a new royal baby is always exciting for royal-watchers, who are undoubtedly refreshing Harry and Meghan's new official Instagram for updates. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Serena Williams May Have Just Accidentally Revealed the Sex of Meghan Markle's Baby," 7 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of watcher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of watcher

: a person who watches someone or something regularly

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