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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Only this time, Loeb herself appeared guitar in hand to perform the beloved hit to an audience that went into immediate hysterics over the wistful ballad. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "25 Years Later, the Cast and Crew of Reality Bites Reunites for a Special Screening," 7 May 2019 Moreover, Endgame reveals a franchise—and perhaps an audience—caught between nostalgia for the status quo that built it and the interesting, diverse possibilities ahead. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Let’s Talk About What That Girl Power Moment in Avengers: Endgame Means," 29 Apr. 2019 The last episode aired on May 17, 2000, and drew an audience of 25 million viewers. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch and Stream ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Online," 15 Mar. 2019 Hailey shared the stage with fellow top models Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid as an A-list audience looked on. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Hailey Baldwin Just Walked the Runway for the First Time Since Marrying Justin Bieber, But Where Was Justin?," 3 Dec. 2018 The big question is whether Keyforge is likely to find an audience. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con," 3 Nov. 2018 But the most nerve-racking scene is a number where Caruso is the only person in front of the audience. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beetlejuice's Sophia Anne Caruso Is Bringing Goth to Broadway," 17 Apr. 2019 The trouble can range from falsehoods spread on social media, to lax laws, to tailoring messages for a wide range of audiences. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "How do you persuade people to vaccinate? Clark County measles outbreak highlights the difficulties," 13 Apr. 2019 But like handwriting, the text in TextEdit must ultimately go elsewhere to end up in front of an audience, whether that's in a photo to upload to Instagram or a series of Tweets. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ditch Microsoft Word for NotePad," 8 Mar. 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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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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