- the place occupied by a person giving testimony in a court.
Origin of witness stand
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Also called, especially British, witness-box.
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Examples from the Web for witness stand
The arresting officer mounts to the witness-stand and confronts him.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
I would have liked to have put the boy on the witness-stand.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
I am not on the witness-stand, and I won't be cross-questioned.The Story of a Play
W. D. Howells
Under cover of her delight I escaped from the witness-stand.The Plum Tree
David Graham Phillips
The question was not allowed, and the husband left the witness-stand.The Art of Cross-Examination
Francis L. Wellman