noun Photography.

Origin of viewfinder

First recorded in 1890–95; view + finder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for viewfinder

sight, radar, periscope, sonar, bombsight

Examples from the Web for viewfinder

Contemporary Examples of viewfinder

Historical Examples of viewfinder

  • "Not if you let me make it right away," Pete replied after a squint or two through the viewfinder.

  • He kept low and moved slow, keeping the viewfinder up so that he could keep the melee in shot.


    Cory Doctorow

  • No, sir; I was just taking a picture of him, and the presidential party in the car come through my viewfinder and my camera.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for viewfinder



a device on a camera, consisting of a lens system and sometimes a ground-glass screen, enabling the user to see what will be included in his photographSometimes shortened to: finder
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