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audition

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noun au·di·tion \ȯ-ˈdi-shən\

Simple Definition of audition

  • : a short performance to show the talents of someone (such as an actor or a musician) who is being considered for a role in a play, a position in an orchestra, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of audition

  1. 1 :  the power or sense of hearing

  2. 2 :  the act of hearing; especially :  a critical hearing <an audition of new recordings>

  3. 3 :  a trial performance to appraise an entertainer's merits

Did You Know?

Today, "audition" most often refers to a theatrical tryout, but that wasn't always the case. "Audition" is rooted in the Latin verb audire, meaning "to hear," and was first used in the late 16th century to refer to the power or sense of hearing. "Audire" is also the root of such "hearing" words in English as "audible," "audience" (which first meant "the act or state of hearing"), and the prefix audio-, which appears in various words relating to sound. It wasn't until late 19th century that the noun "audition" began being used for an entertainer's trial performance. And the verb audition, meaning "to test or try out in an audition," didn't appear on the English language stage until the mid-20th century.

Origin of audition

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin audition-, auditio, from audire


First Known Use: 1599

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audition

verb, au·di·tion

Simple Definition of audition

  • of a performer : to try out for a role in a play or film, a position in an orchestra, etc. : to perform in an audition

  • : to test (someone) in an audition

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of audition

auditionedauditioningplay \-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to test or try out especially in an audition

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to give a trial performance

Examples of audition in a sentence

  1. When he came in to audition, he was very charming.

  2. They auditioned several girls for the role.

  3. We will audition dancers today.



1931

First Known Use of audition

1931

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AUDITION Defined for Kids

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audition

play
noun au·di·tion \ȯ-ˈdi-shən\

Definition of audition for Students

  1. :  a short performance to test the talents of someone (as a singer, dancer, or actor)




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audition

play
verb au·di·tion

Definition of audition for Students

auditionedauditioning

  1. :  to test or try out in a short performance <He auditioned for a part in the play.> <They auditioned her for the lead role.>




Medical Dictionary

audition

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noun au·di·tion \ȯ-ˈdish-ən\

Medical Definition of audition

  1. 1:  the power or sense of hearing

  2. 2:  the act of hearing




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