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


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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The expansive jams of Phish, prog rock of Yes and indulgent special effects of Peter Frampton also guided the New York band playing to an audience of 7,500 — the largest Indianapolis crowd of Vampire Weekend's career. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Vampire Weekend expands on free-flowing influences at Lawn at White River State Park," 8 June 2019 Even with the use of the Jaycees' fishing rodeo site and some financial support from the state's department of tourism, putting on a concert for a target audience of about 3,500 required an unprecedented effort for the island community., "Dr. John: For Dauphin Island, he meant more than music," 7 June 2019 As the crowds grew, so did the audience of people watching from around the world. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Legacy of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China," 6 June 2019 When the memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1922, the audience of 50,000 was segregated. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A stain on the Lincoln Memorial," 6 June 2019 For a comedian, the perks of emceeing the CFDA Awards include bashing your least favorite fashion designers in front of an audience of their peers. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Hasan Minhaj blasts Gucci for dressing 'white dudes in turbans' at CFDA Awards," 4 June 2019 The allegations and public video were published on Gibson’s Facebook to an audience of more than 11,000 followers., "Joey Gibson dared antifa member to sue him. So he is.," 3 June 2019 In front of an audience of press and developers, the company is expected to share details about its upcoming major annual operating system updates for iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and other products. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The WWDC Liveblog: All the OS details from Apple’s annual keynote," 3 June 2019 Samsung’s Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force are laptops designed for a growing audience of PC users who want a premium experience—and enough hardware to get them through work and play without a hiccup. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Samsung's Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force are premium, performance-oriented laptops," 3 June 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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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 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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to take the place or position of

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