au·​di·​ence ˈȯ-dē-ən(t)s How to pronounce audience (audio)
: a group of listeners or spectators
The concert attracted a large audience.
: a reading, viewing, or listening public
The film is intended for a young audience.
: a group of ardent admirers or devotees
has developed an enthusiastic audience for his ideas
: a formal hearing or interview
an audience with the pope
: an opportunity of being heard
: the act or state of hearing
Give me audience and heed what I say.

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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

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Cite this Entry

“Audience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


au·​di·​ence ˈȯd-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce audience (audio)
: a group that listens or watches (as at a play or concert)
: an interview with a person of high rank
: those of the general public who give attention to something said, done, or written
books with an audience of millions

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