- from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
- of or relating to the first or original source.
- direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Origin of firsthand
Examples from the Web for firsthand
Documents and firsthand accounts of Clausewitz at war by others are few and far between.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
I saw personally, firsthand, what drug use and drug abuse is doing to an underprivileged population.Can Congress Get Stoned Now That D.C. Has Legalized Marijuana?
November 5, 2014
Firsthand accounts from Sinjar paint a picture of withdrawal without a fight and without warning the local population.How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked
Christine van den Toorn
August 17, 2014
More than a few joined after witnessing 9/11, and some had even experienced it firsthand in Manhattan or DC.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
From firsthand experience, I know exactly what Justice Thomas is describing.Justice Thomas Is Right About America’s Obsession With Race
February 21, 2014
He spoke from firsthand knowledge of the horrors committed by the Tartars.The Saracen: The Holy War
You may have studied Europe from afar, but you do not know Italy firsthand.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The schools can give the students a firsthand knowledge of the various phases of library work, and this is important.
The character of his comments makes it clear that he had a firsthand knowledge of the books that he cites.A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies
During this period he mastered the use of surveying instruments and made a firsthand study of tides in the region.Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers
Silvio A. Bedini
Word Origin and History for firsthand
also first-hand, first hand, 1690s, from the image of the "first hand" as the source or origin of something.