noun au·di·ence \ˈ-dē-ən(t)s, ˈä-\

: a group of people who gather together to listen to something (such as a concert) or watch something (such as a movie or play) : the people who attend a performance

: the people who watch, read, or listen to something

: a formal meeting with an important person

Full Definition of AUDIENCE

:  the act or state of hearing
a :  a formal hearing or interview <an audience with the pope>
b :  an opportunity of being heard
a :  a group of listeners or spectators
b :  a reading, viewing, or listening public
:  a group of ardent admirers or devotees

Examples of AUDIENCE

  1. The concert attracted a large audience.
  2. The audience clapped and cheered.
  3. Her audience is made up mostly of young women.

Origin of AUDIENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin audientia, from audient-, audiens, present participle of audire
First Known Use: 14th century

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