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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But each time, some market watchers cautioned not to make too much of it. Dallas News, "Dow falls 800 points in its biggest decline of the year, reacting to bad news at home and abroad," 14 Aug. 2019 But each time, some market watchers cautioned not to make too much of it. Alex Veiga,, "Stocks tumble as signs of recession loom," 14 Aug. 2019 But each time, some market watchers cautioned not to make too much of it. Alex Veiga, The Denver Post, "Dow drops 800 points as bond market flashes recession warning for first time since 2007," 14 Aug. 2019 But each time, some market watchers cautioned not to make too much of it. Elena Popina, Los Angeles Times, "Yield curve may signal recession — but don’t dump stocks, experts say," 14 Aug. 2019 Hilarity ensued when Kate pointed at the crowd of royal watchers gathered below, inspiring the always-sassy Charlotte to immediately stick out her tongue. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Target of Princess Charlotte’s Hilarious Tongue Display Revealed," 21 Aug. 2019 Just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows, a large crowd of royal watchers had gathered—and after her mother pointed towards them, Charlotte immediately stuck her tongue out in their direction. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Was Sticking Her Tongue Out at Her Grandpa, Michael Middleton," 20 Aug. 2019 That’s the share of Democratic primary debate watchers who said that Elizabeth Warren did the best job, according a new Quinnipiac poll. NBC News, "Some frustrated Republicans are walking out instead of speaking up," 7 Aug. 2019 To the consternation of many royal-watchers, the couple chose to reveal the baby two days after the birth instead of presenting the baby at the maternity ward. Heather Brady, National Geographic, "Vintage photos of royal families from all over the world," 8 May 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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