from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Unverified information heard or received from another; rumor.
- n. Law Evidence based on the reports of others rather than the personal knowledge of a witness and therefore generally not admissible as testimony.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. information that was heard by one person about another
- n. evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissible because not made under oath
- n. evidence: an out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted; normally inadmissible because not subject to cross-examination, unless the hearsay statement falls under one of the many exceptions
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Report; rumor; fame; common talk; something heard from another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Information communicated by another; report; common talk; rumor; gossip.
- Of or pertaining to or depending upon hearsay, or the talk of others; told or given at second hand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. heard through another rather than directly
- n. gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
1525–35; from phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire. (Wiktionary)