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 announcement surprised many royal watchers, who assumed Meghan would have her mother accompany her, or simply not have anyone walk her down the aisle. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Charles Walking Meghan Markle Down the Aisle Is Causing a Commotion," 18 May 2018 Buzz60 Attention royal-watchers: An Oakland County hotel is hosting a viewing party for the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Watch the royal wedding in British high style at this Oakland County hotel," 3 May 2018 Also, a shoulder-baring dress from Altuzarra, worn without pantyhose, sparked comment from royal watchers when Markle accompanied Harry, 33, to a conference during an unseasonably hot April week. Karen Yossman,, "For Meghan Markle, playing a princess carries some risks. Is this L.A. girl up to it?," 3 May 2018 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will miss the royal christening of their great-grandson Prince Louis, the palace surprised royal watchers by announcing early on Monday. Simon Perry,, "Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Just Announced They Are Not Attending Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 While political watchers divide the country up into red and blue states, the only color that usually matters in business is green – as in money. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Restaurants kicking out Trump supporters: Unlike race or religion, it's legal," 27 June 2018 Royals manager Ned Yost is an avid television watcher and quickly burns through a series on Netflix while walking on his treadmill each day. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Lightning struck when a Royals player sat on Iron Throne from 'Game of Thrones'," 19 June 2018 Of course, most royal watchers know Will, Kate, Meghan, Harry, and Prince Charles, but here's a full list of everyone who stood up on the balcony this year: 1. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Was on the Buckingham Palace Balcony for Trooping the Colour?," 11 June 2018 Stewart Title hosted a table filled with avid royal watchers, including an international local Realtor and a few Realtors who grew up in the British Isles. Houston Chronicle, "Real estate industry joins royal wedding celebration," 10 June 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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