beholder

A beholder is an observer: someone who gains awareness of things through the senses, especially sight. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the person who is observing gets to decide what is beautiful.

A common saying is "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," which means beauty doesn't exist on its own but is created by observers. That famous quote can help you remember that a beholder is someone who sees or otherwise experiences things, becoming aware of them. To be a beholder, you have to pay attention. Different beholders might take in different aspects of the same event, like witnesses to a crime.

Definitions of beholder
  1. noun
    a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
    synonyms: observer, perceiver, percipient
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    eyeglass wearer
    a person who wears spectacles in order to see better
    discoverer, finder, spotter
    someone who is the first to observe something
    attender, auditor, hearer, listener
    someone who listens attentively
    audile
    one whose mental imagery is auditory rather than visual or motor
    motile
    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    noticer
    someone who takes notice
    seer
    an observer who perceives visually
    looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness
    a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
    visualiser, visualizer
    one whose prevailing mental imagery is visual
    informant, witness, witnesser
    someone who sees an event and reports what happened
    attestant, attester
    someone who affirms or vouches for the correctness or truth or genuineness of something
    browser
    a viewer who looks around casually without seeking anything in particular
    bystander
    a nonparticipant spectator
    cheerer
    a spectator who shouts encouragement
    co-discoverer
    someone who is the first of two or more people to discover something
    eavesdropper
    a secret listener to private conversations
    eyewitness
    a spectator who can describe what happened
    gawker
    a spectator who stares stupidly without intelligent awareness
    motion-picture fan, moviegoer
    someone who goes to see movies
    ogler
    a viewer who gives a flirtatious or lewd look at another person
    looker-on, onlooker
    someone who looks on
    playgoer, theatergoer, theatregoer
    someone who attends the theater
    rubberneck, rubbernecker
    a person who stares inquisitively
    spy
    a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people
    starer
    a viewer who gazes fixedly (often with hostility)
    deponent, deposer, testifier
    a person who testifies or gives a deposition
    Peeping Tom, peeper, voyeur
    a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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