re audition


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 object), verb (used without object)
to try or compete in an audition: to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.

1590–1600; (< Middle French) < Latin audītiōn- (stem of audītiō hearing). See auditive, -ion

auditioner, noun
reaudition, noun
unauditioned, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
audition (ɔːˈdɪʃən)
1.  a test at which a performer or musician is asked to demonstrate his ability for a particular role, etc
2.  the act, sense, or power of hearing
3.  to judge by means of or be tested in an audition
[C16: from Latin audītiō a hearing, from audīre to hear]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "power of hearing," from M.Fr. audicion, from O.Fr., "hearing (in a court of law)," from L. auditionem (nom. auditio), from auditus, pp. of audire "hear" (see audience). Meaning "trial for a performer" first recorded 1881; the verb in this sense is 1935, from the noun.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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