: a group that listens or watches (as at a play or concert)
: a chance to talk with a person of very high rank <She was granted an audience with the queen.>
: those people who give attention to something said, done, or written <Adventure stories appeal to a wide audience.>
Word Root of AUDIENCE
The Latin word audīre, meaning “to hear” or “to listen,” gives us the root aud. Words from the Latin audīre have to do with hearing. Anything audible is loud enough to be heard. An audience is a group of people who listen to or watch a performance. Anything auditory is related to the sense of hearing.