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[noun ahy-wit-nis, ahy-wit-nis; verb ahy-wit-nis]
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  1. a person who actually sees some act, occurrence, or thing and can give a firsthand account of it: There were two eyewitnesses to the murder.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to view with one's own eyes: to eyewitness a murder.
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Origin of eyewitness

First recorded in 1530–40; eye + witness
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Related Words for eyewitness

bystander, observer, witness, viewer, beholder, watcher, spectator, onlooker, passer-by, looker-on

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British Dictionary definitions for eyewitness


    1. a person present at an event who can describe what happened
    2. (as modifier)an eyewitness account
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Word Origin and History for eyewitness


1530s, from eye (n.) + witness (n.). As a verb from 1844. Related: Eyewitnessed; eyewitnessing.

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