- a person or thing that views.
- a person who watches television, often a devotee of television or of a particular kind of television program: a weekly show aimed at teenage viewers.
- any of various optical devices to facilitate viewing, especially one that is small and boxlike with a magnifying lens, and sometimes a light source, in which a photographic transparency may be viewed.
- an eyepiece or viewfinder.
- an official inspector of property, public works, or the like.
Origin of viewer
Related Words for viewerwatcher, observer, spectator, onlooker, deponent, seer, beholder, bystander, testimony, signer, testifier, proof, eyewitness, signatory, attestor, looker-on, corroborator
Examples from the Web for viewer
Contemporary Examples of viewer
No online art community is full of creative artists waiting to communicate with the viewer.
The best of art can communicate to its viewer across centuries.
Such a bridge between artwork and viewer could not have occurred with old footage of just any people.
Art is often said to “speak” to its viewer, but it is rare for this to happen so viscerally and clearly.
Their playful exhibitions are often meant to be interactive and instill a childlike sense of joy in the viewer.New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece
September 22, 2014
Historical Examples of viewer
As long as there is plenty of flimflam to distract the viewer.Toy Shop
Henry Maxwell Dempsey
Tulan's viewer gave a vivid picture of the receding fifth planet.Tulan
Carroll Mather Capps
Donna scanned the observation record, then adjusted the viewer.This World Must Die!
Horace Brown Fyfe
Had not the viewer prevented him, he would have made the attempt and perished.Taking Tales
Viewer's dropping the group now, so there's just one more I'd like you to notice.Legacy
James H Schmitz
- a person who views something, esp television
- any optical device by means of which something is viewed, esp one used for viewing photographic transparencies
- law a person appointed by a court to inspect and report upon property, etc
Word Origin and History for viewer
early 15c., "civic official responsible for surveying property," agent noun from view (v.). Meaning "watcher of television" first recorded 1935, in place of earlier suggestion looker-in (1927).