audiencia

noun

au·​di·​en·​cia
ˌau̇dēˈen(t)sēə,
-nch(ē)ə
plural -s
1
a
: a tribunal in which the sovereign of Spain gave personal attention to matters of justice
b
: an ecclesiastical or secular court representing the sovereign of Spain
2
: a high court of justice in a Spanish colony frequently exercising military power as well as judicial and political functions
3
: a provincial or territorial high court in modern Spain
4
: the jurisdiction of an audiencia

Word History

Etymology

Spanish, literally, hearing, from Latin audientia

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near audiencia

Cite this Entry

“Audiencia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audiencia. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!