Definition of eyewitness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈaɪwɪtnəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪwɪtnəs//
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a person who has seen a crime, accident, etc. and can describe it afterwards an eyewitness account of the suffering of the refugees Synonymswitnessobserver onlooker passer-by bystander eyewitnessThese are all words for a person who sees something happen.witness a person who sees something happen and is able to describe it to other people; a person who gives evidence in a court of law:Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident.observer a person who sees something happen:According to observers, the plane exploded shortly after take-off.onlooker a person who watches something that is happening but is not involved in it:A crowd of onlookers gathered at the scene of the crash.passer-by a person who is going past somebody/​something by chance, especially when something unexpected happens:Police asked passers-by if they had witnessed the accident.bystander a person who is near and can see what is happening when something such as an accident or fight takes place:Three innocent bystanders were killed in the crossfire.eyewitness a person who has seen a crime or accident and can describe it afterwards.Patterns a witness/​an observer/​an onlooker/​a passer-by/​a bystander/​an eyewitness sees something an observer/​an onlooker/​a passer-by/​a bystander witnesses something see also witness See related entries: Solving crimeExtra examples Police are comparing two eyewitness accounts of the events. He gave an eyewitness account of the suffering of the refugees. One eyewitness saw the gunmen leave the building.
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