Audience definition

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A formal hearing, as with a religious or state dignitary.
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A group of persons assembled to hear and see a speaker, a play, a concert, etc.
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All those persons who are tuned in to a particular radio or TV program.
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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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A following. [from 20th c.]

The opera singer expanded his audience by singing songs from the shows.

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An opportunity to be heard or to express one's views.
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A group of viewers or listeners of a work of art or entertainment, especially those present at a performance.
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The readership for printed matter, as for a book.
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A group of people who follow or admire an artist or performer.

The tenor expanded his audience by recording popular songs as well as opera.

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(now rare) Hearing; the condition or state of hearing or listening. [from 14th c.]
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A group of people within hearing; specifically a group of people listening to a performance, speech etc.; the crowd seeing a stage performance. [from 15th c.]

We joined the audience just as the lights went down.

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A formal meeting with a state or religious dignitary. [from 16th c.]

She managed to get an audience with the Pope.

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The readership of a book or other written publication. [from 19th c.]

"Private Eye" has a small but faithful audience.

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(obs.) The act or state of hearing.
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An opportunity to have one's ideas heard; a hearing.
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A formal interview with a person in a high position.
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All those persons who read what one writes or hear what one says; one's public.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
audience
Plural:
audiences

Origin of audience

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin audientia from audiēns audient- present participle of audīre to hear au- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French audience, from Latin audientia, from present participle audiens "hearing", from verb audio, "I hear".

    From Wiktionary