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[aw-dish-uh n] /ɔˈdɪʃ ən/
a trial hearing given to a singer, actor, or other performer to test suitability for employment, professional training or competition, etc.
a reading or other simplified rendering of a theatrical work, performed before a potential backer, producer, etc.
the act, sense, or power of hearing.
something that is heard.
verb (used with or without object)
to try or compete in an audition:
to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.
Origin of audition
1590-1600; (< Middle French) < Latin audītiōn- (stem of audītiō hearing). See auditive, -ion
Related forms
auditioner, noun
reaudition, noun
unauditioned, adjective Unabridged
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  • Inasmuch as this soon stops, the abnormality and incorrectness of their audition is hard to establish.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • audition is cognition of principles, conversant about all articulate sounds.

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya
  • Abraham talked on, rather for the pleasure of utterance than for audition, so that his sister's abstraction was of no account.

  • She was not a baby-farm after all, and the audition of these squalling nurslings vexed her.

  • I do not know whether he remembered our first interview and my "audition," but I who remembered it well only hope that he did not.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for audition


a test at which a performer or musician is asked to demonstrate his ability for a particular role, etc
the act, sense, or power of hearing
to judge by means of or be tested in an audition
Word Origin
C16: from Latin audītiō a hearing, from audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for audition

1590s, "power of hearing," from Middle French audicion "hearing (in a court of law)," from Latin auditionem (nominative auditio) "a hearing, listening to," noun of action from past participle stem of audire "hear" (see audience). Meaning "trial for a performer" first recorded 1881.


"to try out for a performance part," 1935, from audition (n.). Transitive sense by 1944. Related: Auditioned; auditioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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audition in Medicine

audition au·di·tion (ô-dĭsh'ən)
The sense, ability, or power of hearing.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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