- U.S. Army. observer(def 4).
- someone or something that observes.
- a delegate to an assembly or gathering, who is sent to observe and report but not to take part officially in its activities.
- U.S. Air Force.
- a member of an aircrew, other than the pilot, holding an aeronautical rating.
- a person who maintains observation in an aircraft during flight.
- Also called air observer, aircraft observer. U.S. Army. a person who serves in an aircraft as a reconnoiterer and directs artillery fire.
Origin of observer
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- a person or thing that observes
- a person who attends a conference solely to note the proceedings
- a person trained to identify aircraft, esp, formerly, a member of an aircrew
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Word Origin and History for aircraft-observer
1550s, "one who keeps a rule, custom, etc.," agent noun from observe. Meaning "one who watches and takes notice" is from 1580s; this is the sense of the word in many newspaper names.
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