au·​di·​ence | \ ˈȯ-dē-ən(t)s How to pronounce audience (audio) , 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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This intimate master class will also debut an original monster created specifically for the film and include a Q&A with the audience. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con Saturday schedule: Marvel Studios returns to Hall H," 6 July 2019 From this point onward, Yankee interest in soccer continued to grow, with the US audience captivated by the world's favourite sport., "Independence Day: The 8 Greatest Moments in US Soccer History," 4 July 2019 From Johnny Carson to Trevor Noah, talk show stars have bonded with audiences by riffing on current events. John Koblin, New York Times, "Netflix Has a Talk Show Problem," 2 July 2019 The audience for podcasts in China is around 400 million, added the report. Jane Li, Quartz, "China is cracking down on podcasts for this surprising reason," 2 July 2019 A few months back, Andre was in the audience for Steve's show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Did the Most Incredible Thing for an Audience Member Before His Show Was Canceled," 2 July 2019 Video feeds, live and pre-recorded, constantly call into question if what the audience is seeing is real., "‘Our Ruined House’ mixes surrealism, humor to explore erosion of trust," 1 July 2019 But in the big leagues, with the only audience that matters being in front of television sets, and sharing the stage with a group of seasoned pols, Hickenlooper needs to make his points with clarity and incision. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What we’ve learned (so far) at the Democratic debates in Miami," 27 June 2019 That’s good enough for getting a grab bag of courses and creators that have already found favor with a large audience. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Super Mario Maker 2 review: A great sequel, playable on a better console," 26 June 2019

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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, "hearing, group of listeners, assembly, council," borrowed from Anglo-French, "hearing, group of listeners," borrowed from Latin audientia "act of listening, group of listeners," noun derivative of audient-, audiens, present participle of audīre "to hear" — more at 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 How to pronounce audience (audio) \

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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