at·​ten·​dance | \ ə-ˈten-dən(t)s \

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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Beatrice's BFF Karlie Kloss was also in attendance. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Princess Beatrice Is Dating Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi—Here's What You Need to Know About Him," 8 Jan. 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also in attendance. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Sports the Cutest White Bikini in St. Barts with Her Family," 3 Jan. 2019 In attendance were January Jones, Kris Jenner, Storm Reid, Juno Temple, Ginnifer Goodwin, and many more—all to show their love for Mellon and her brand’s exciting future. Vogue, "Kris Jenner, Zoe Saldana, Storm Reid, and More Toast Tamara Mellon," 14 Dec. 2018 In domestic soccer, Sorokin said attendance numbers doubled after the World Cup compared with the 2015-16 season. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, "Organizers claim 170 people tried to run on field at WCup," 25 Sep. 2018 The Missions began play at their new home in 1994 and set a Texas league attendance record for the season with 411,000 fans. Kyle Ringo, San Antonio Express-News, "Missions bid farewell to lengthy affiliation with Lone Star circuit," 24 June 2018 Now in its seventh year, Firefly continues to be the largest open-air festival in the Northeast, with 2018’s attendance numbers expected to fall between 60,000 and 90,000. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Eminem, SZA, Foster The People & More Bring Ultimate Summer Vibes to Firefly Music Festival," 18 June 2018 Disturbing stuff even for the Loria group, but it has been speculated forever that teams pad attendance numbers. John Shea,, "Baseball’s attendance issues go well beyond Oakland," 16 June 2018 Whoever is coming up with the meet's attendance figure continues to pad the numbers. Ken Goe,, "Florida poised for NCAA men's title; UO women wait for Saturday: Oregon track & field rundown," 8 June 2018

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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 \

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.


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Medical Definition of attendance

: service at a hospital a physician in attendance

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