- 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
Examples from the Web for observer
And the Jamaica Observer routinely runs hideous cartoons about gay people and incites violence against them.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile
December 9, 2014
You can put mag wheels on a Gremlin,” commented one long time Michigan observer, “but that doesn't make it a Mustang.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
Trierweiler has also expressed regret over the tweet in a recent interview with the U.K. Observer.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
The New York Observer claimed Clark-Flory was the chosen one (she vehemently denied it in an email to The Daily Beast).My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
“A scary precedent has been set,” she told the Observer back in May.Meet Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney’s Wife
Lizzie Crocker, Chris Allbritton
September 28, 2014
I shall endeavour to be only an observer: Happy, if I could be an unconcerned one!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"You are vastly mistaken, my good friend," said the observer.Earth's Holocaust (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The native American, it may be well to remember, is something of an observer himself.The American Mind
Hast thou heard the saying of Gwiawn, The observer of accurate sight?Y Gododin
It would have been impossible for the most minute observer to have said who was before and who was after.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.