au·​di·​ence | \ˈȯ-dē-ən(t)s, ˈä-\

Definition of audience 

1a : a group of listeners or spectators The concert attracted a large audience.

b : a reading, viewing, or listening public The film is intended for a young audience.

2 : a group of ardent admirers or devotees has developed an enthusiastic audience for his ideas

3a : a formal hearing or interview an audience with the pope

b : an opportunity of being heard

4 : the act or state of hearing Give me audience and heed what I say.

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Synonyms for audience


cult, followership, following

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Examples of audience in a Sentence

The concert attracted a large audience. The audience clapped and cheered. Her audience is made up mostly of young women.
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Pretty soon, the entire studio audience was chiming in to sing-shout the lyrics along with her. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain Completely Lost It Over Whoopi Goldberg's Epic Rant on Thursday," 30 Nov. 2018 Soon, the entire View studio was covered with it, and the audience was hugging and hollering as if Spears were their best friend. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Am I Still Thinking About How The View Celebrated Britney Spears' Divorce?," 28 Nov. 2018 The audience for the call was to include technical experts at airlines that fly the MAX, including American, Southwest and United. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Boeing delays call to discuss issues with its newest plane," 20 Nov. 2018 The audience was understandably thrilled about her cameo, and Sage looked pretty happy to be dancing with both of the incredibly talented Ziegler sisters. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler Danced to Sia During "Dancing With the Stars: Juniors"," 19 Nov. 2018 But when that first success is with something as culturally meaningful—and actually good—as Crazy Rich Asians, audiences are more than happy to eat up the spin-offs. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Crazy Rich Asians Author Kevin Kwan Is Moving to TV with The Emperor of Malibu," 26 Oct. 2018 The movie about Neil Armstrong opened last Friday across the United States, and some audiences may have been expecting a movie about the Moon landings. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Why SpaceX stays in LA, Russia moves on, buy a missile silo," 19 Oct. 2018 And her personal story was important, because the audience was kind of metabolizing these crimes through her and Stabler. Rebecca Phelps, Marie Claire, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: An Oral History," 27 Sep. 2018 But the audience isn’t alone in its confusion; a very touching moment sees the ailing Antoine ask one of his grandchildren who her mom is, again. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Swing' ('Al Marjouha'): Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of audience

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for audience

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin audientia, from audient-, audiens, present participle of audire — see audible entry 1

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The first known use of audience was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of audience

: 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


au·​di·​ence | \ˈȯ-dē-əns \

Kids Definition of audience

1 : a group that listens or watches (as at a play or concert)

2 : a chance to talk with a person of very high rank She was granted an audience with the queen.

3 : those people who give attention to something said, done, or written Adventure stories appeal to a wide audience.

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