audience

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Anyone who remembers the name Vidkun Quisling will appreciate why this theme might resonate with a Norwegian audience. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Green Politics and Global Instability," 22 Jan. 2019 In a politically divided, financially tumultuous time, a victory with one audience might necessitate alienating another, while a business-savvy move could mean triggering customer outrage. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Tyson is probably best known to contemporary audiences for playing Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Viola Davis's Annalise Keating, on How to Get Away with Murder. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cicely Tyson Will Make History at the Oscars Tonight," 25 Feb. 2019 But at its heart is a kernel of historic truth that gives the film a powerful connection to modern audiences: Queen Anne was, in all likelihood, interested in women. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 Gone were the always enjoyable audience reaction shots (although some of the acting nominees could be seen rolling their eyes in disbelief as Snow White worked her way past the front row). Marley Marius, Vogue, "Sure, the Oscars Have Been Done Without a Host Before—But That Doesn’t Mean It Works," 18 Feb. 2019 The app’s audience peaked at 2.4 million concurrent streamers during a $250,000 jackpot game last March and then began falling. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34.," 15 Feb. 2019 This foreign language mix-up was one of the best scenes of the episode, taking a peek and one of the hidden technologies of Star Trek that audiences often take for granted. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 Each week, the audience votes and the worst performer gets unmasked. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Are Dying Over This Accidental "Riverdale" and "The Masked Singer" Crossover," 17 Jan. 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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audience

noun

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

audience

noun
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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