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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web While some pressed the council to cut the LAPD, others in the audience said more patrols are needed, especially in downtown. David Zahniserstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 In the audience of 2000 people, only about 5 percent did, but the staff of the Palais were all masked. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2022 As the host calls his butler Frank onto the stage to announce the performance of one of his favorite artists, Rauw Alejandro, the Combs family stands and cheers in the audience for Diddy’s evidently beloved employee. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 16 May 2022 During the event, many people in the audience waved yellow-and-blue flags, and some artists even made brief statements while on the stage despite a ban on political messaging onstage. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 The one work not known by most in the audience was the Mozart’s Symphony K. 16a. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 About 30 chamber members attended the conversation, which focused primarily on questions from the various company representatives in the audience. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 16 May 2022 Bryan jumped up on the stage to give Thompson a lesson in working the crowd, encouraging him to reach out his hand to his screaming fans in the audience. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 In the audience, Mikey Day realizes how terrible this show is, while his partner (Melissa Villaseñor) seems into it. Andy Hoglund,, 15 May 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Audience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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