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viewer

[vyoo-er] /ˈvyu ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that views.
2.
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.
3.
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.
4.
an eyepiece or viewfinder.
5.
an official inspector of property, public works, or the like.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see view, -er1
Related forms
nonviewer, noun
underviewer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for viewers

viewer

/ˈvjuːə/
noun
1.
a person who views something, esp television
2.
any optical device by means of which something is viewed, esp one used for viewing photographic transparencies
3.
(law) a person appointed by a court to inspect and report upon property, etc
Derived Forms
viewership, noun
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Word Origin and History for viewers

viewer

n.

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).

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