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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While both playwright and director would be wise to carve out a bit of breathing room in the action, if only to help audiences navigate several currently incomprehensible plot turns, the evening's furious precision is a technical feat. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Adventures of Spirit Force Five," 12 July 2018 Understanding Gilead's rise primes the show's audience for its eventual fall - which Atwood foreshadowed in her novel's epilogue. 3. Hank Stuever,, "We survived another grueling season of 'The Handmaid's Tale,' but here are 3 things we need from Season 3," 12 July 2018 Season 7 of Last Man Standing will debut September 28 on Fox, in its usual timeslot of Fridays at 8 p.m. The network has teased the return of the Baxter family and the same humor audiences have grown to love. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How ‘Last Man Standing’ Went From Hit Sitcom, to Canceled, to Revived For Its Seventh Season," 11 July 2018 And audiences have grown accustomed to a high level of craft and polish, which makes them likely to stick around even when their favorite show finishes a season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Fumes are clearly the problem; stinking up the stage can unnerve even the most enthusiastic audiences. Christopher Arnott,, "CT Rep Gets Historical For 2018-19; Downtown Cabaret Announces Season," 11 July 2018 During a panel discussion at the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City, music supervisors, producers and label executives discussed the myriad ways to get alternative Latin sounds to mainstream audiences. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "LAMC: Brands, Film & TV Increasingly Looking Beyond Mainstream Latin Artists," 13 July 2018 If players aren’t playing, many are still watching on Twitch, a platform for popular gamers to stream their live gameplay to an audience. Alyssa Newcomb And Peter Maguire /, NBC News, "Video game 'Fortnite' is raking in millions and taking over the real world," 12 July 2018 In the season’s second episode, the runner-up says goodbye to the audience by putting a green oven mitt on his right hand and following instructions to flick off Congress. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 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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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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