at·​ten·​dance | \ ə-ˈten-dən(t)s How to pronounce attendance (audio) \

Definition of attendance

1 : the act or fact of attending something or someone a physician in attendance Attendance at the meeting is mandatory.
2a : the persons or number of persons attending something Attendance at the soccer games has been increasing. also : an account of persons attending The teacher took attendance [=made a record of who was present] before starting class.
b : the number of times a person attends a student who has perfect attendance [=a student who has been present at every class]

Examples of attendance in a Sentence

The team wants to double attendance at its games this season. Attendance is down so far this season. Museum attendances in the city have been increasing in recent years. Her grades are good, but how's her attendance?
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Additionally, Kendall Jenner, who was also in attendance, debuted what appears to be a fresh set of faux fringe courtesy of hairstylist Jen Atkin. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Now Has Waist-Length Mermaid Waves," 14 May 2019 The source also revealed that several celebs were in attendance including Emma Stone. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence Celebrates Her Engagement Party in a Dress Fit for a Princess," 13 May 2019 According to Entertainment Weekly, his bulldog, Meatball, was also in attendance and dressed like Adam in a black tux. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Adam Sandler and His Wife Jackie Met in the Craziest Way," 4 May 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other important figures were in attendance. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Japanese Emperor Akihito Abdicates the Throne, Ending His 30-Year Reign," 30 Apr. 2019 Also in attendance was Shari Loeffler, Jessica Lichtenstein, and curator Renaud Proch. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Artists Eddie Martinez and Sam Moyer Are Celebrated at the Free Arts NYC Auction," 26 Apr. 2019 Also in attendance, however, were two of Harry's exes: Love Island star Camilla Thurlow, and longtime friend Ellie Goulding, whom Harry was seen kissing in 2016. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Dodged Awkward Run-Ins With Two Exes at the 'Our Planet' Premiere in London," 6 Apr. 2019 Given that Charles's two brothers Prince Edward and Prince Andrew were not at the festivities, Anne's attendance is likely a nod to her presence at Caernafon Castle in 1969. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Supported Her Brother at the 50th Anniversary of Prince Charles's Investiture Today," 5 Mar. 2019 Saturday’s event stood out because attendance essentially was mandatory for anybody playing competitive matches at the time. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Fortnite-Marshmello Mashup Showcases New Avenues for Games, Music," 9 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of attendance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attendance

see attend

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English Language Learners Definition of attendance

: the number of people present at an event, meeting, etc.
: the act of being present at a place
: a record of how often a person goes to classes, meetings, etc.


at·​ten·​dance | \ ə-ˈten-dəns How to pronounce attendance (audio) \

Kids Definition of attendance

1 : presence at a place Attendance is required.
2 : a record of how often a person is present at a place These students have perfect attendance.
3 : the number of people present Attendance is up at the theater.


at·​ten·​dance | \ ə-ˈten-dən(t)s How to pronounce attendance (audio) \

Medical Definition of attendance

: service at a hospital a physician in attendance

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