- The definition of an audience is a collection of people watching or observing something such as a television program, live speaker, or theater performance, or it can refer to people who share a preference for the same type of performance.
- An example of an audience is the crowd in the seats at a sporting event.
- An example of an audience are people who tune in to a specific morning radio show.
- An example of an audience are people who enjoy watching a specific genre of movies.
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- Obsolete the act or state of hearing
- a group of persons assembled to hear and see a speaker, a play, a concert, etc.
- all those persons who are tuned in to a particular radio or TV program
- ☆ all those persons who read what one writes or hear what one says; one's public
- an opportunity to have one's ideas heard; a hearing
- a formal interview with a person in a high position
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin audientia, a hearing, listening ; from audiens, present participle of audire, to hear ; from Indo-European an unverified form awiz-dh-io ; from base an unverified form awis-, to perceive physically, grasp from source aesthete
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- a. The spectators or listeners assembled at a performance, for example, or attracted by a radio or television program.b. The readership for printed matter, as for a book.
- A body of adherents; a following: The tenor expanded his audience by recording popular songs as well as opera.
- A formal hearing, as with a religious or state dignitary.
- An opportunity to be heard or to express one's views.
- The act of hearing or attending.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin audientia, from audiēns, audient-, present participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.