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[aw-dee-uh ns] /ˈɔ di əns/
the group of spectators at a public event; listeners or viewers collectively, as in attendance at a theater or concert:
The audience was respectful of the speaker's opinion.
the persons reached by a book, radio or television broadcast, etc.; public:
Some works of music have a wide and varied audience.
a regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like; a following:
Every art form has its audience.
opportunity to be heard; chance to speak to or before a person or group; a hearing.
a formal interview with a sovereign, high officer of government, or other high-ranking person:
an audience with the pope.
the act of hearing, or attending to, words or sounds.
Origin of audience
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin audientia. See audient, -ence
Related forms
proaudience, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for audiences


a group of spectators or listeners, esp at a public event such as a concert or play
the people reached by a book, film, or radio or television programme
the devotees or followers of a public entertainer, lecturer, etc; regular public
an opportunity to put one's point of view, such as a formal interview with a monarch or head of state
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin audientia a hearing, from audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for audiences



late 14c., "the action of hearing," from Old French audience, from Latin audentia "a hearing, listening," from audientum (nominative audiens), present participle of audire "to hear," from PIE compound *au-dh- "to perceive physically, grasp," from root *au- "to perceive" (cf. Greek aisthanesthai "to feel;" Sanskrit avih, Avestan avish "openly, evidently;" Old Church Slavonic javiti "to reveal"). Meaning "formal hearing or reception" is from late 14c.; that of "persons within hearing range, assembly of listeners" is from early 15c. (French audience retains only the older senses). Sense transferred 1855 to "readers of a book." Audience-participation (adj.) first recorded 1940.

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