watch·er | \ ˈwä-chər , 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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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex—also known as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—have jetted out of London to Ireland for a two-day visit sure to please royal style-watchers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Wears Emerald Green Givenchy in Ireland," 10 July 2018 Last week, Tom Markle shocked royal-watchers by giving an interview to Piers Morgan about daughter Meghan Markle’s wedding, Prince Harry’s political beliefs, and his own photo scandal. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Inside Meghan Markle’s Royal Roller-Coaster Week," 29 June 2018 Some North Korea watchers wondered whether his Soviet-era Illyushin aircraft could reliably ferry Kim to Singapore, given its age. Victoria Kim,, "Kim arrives in Singapore for historic meeting with Trump, 'unknown territory' in the world of diplomacy," 10 June 2018 Industry professionals and at-home movie watchers alike were furious about the lack of diversity in the nominations, as many deserving actors of color were noticeably excluded. Hannah Chubb, Marie Claire, "Hashtag Activism: A Timeline," 24 May 2018 Royal wedding watchers celebrated the inclusion of a black gospel choir, the bishop who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and, of course, Markle's biracial background as signs of a new era for the royals. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Meme Shows How Important Serena Williams's Royal Wedding Conrows Really Were," 22 May 2018 The seat next to Prince William at St. George’s Chapel during the royal wedding ceremony led to wide speculation among royal wedding watchers. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "There's a Simple Reason Why There Was an Empty Seat at the Royal Wedding," 20 May 2018 There was no shortage of moments that left royal wedding-watchers speechless: the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry’s brilliant sermon, Prince Harry crying, and the pair’s first kiss as a married couple. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Picked the 19-Year-Old Royal Wedding Cellist," 19 May 2018 This term, court watchers are wondering why the justices are taking an unusually long time to issue opinions. CNN, "Trump's originalist, Neil Gorsuch, finds his place," 7 Apr. 2018

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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