- noun a person who sees something happen or who is present when something happens
- noun a person who is present when someone signs a document
- verb to be present when something happens, and see it happening
- noun somebody who sees something happen or who is present when something happens
- noun somebody who appears in court to give evidence
Origin & History of “witness”
Witness originally meant ‘knowledge’ or ‘wisdom’; it was simply an abstract noun formed from wit. this was extended via ‘knowledge gained by observation’ to ‘testimony’ in the Old English period, and by the beginning of the middle English period ‘person who gives testimony’ was well established.