audition

noun
au·di·tion | \ ȯ-ˈdi-shən \

Definition of audition 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the power or sense of hearing

2 : the act of hearing especially : a critical hearing an audition of new recordings

3 : a trial performance to appraise an entertainer's merits

audition

verb
auditioned; auditioning\-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ \

Definition of audition (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to test or try out especially in an audition

intransitive verb

: to give a trial performance

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Noun

Today, "audition" most often refers to a theatrical tryout, but that wasn't always the case. "Audition" is rooted in the Latin verb audire, meaning "to hear," and was first used in the late 16th century to refer to the power or sense of hearing. "Audire" is also the root of such "hearing" words in English as "audible," "audience" (which first meant "the act or state of hearing"), and the prefix audio-, which appears in various words relating to sound. It wasn't until late 19th century that the noun "audition" began being used for an entertainer's trial performance. And the verb audition, meaning "to test or try out in an audition," didn't appear on the English language stage until the mid-20th century.

Examples of audition in a Sentence

Verb

When he came in to audition, he was very charming. They auditioned several girls for the role. We will audition dancers today.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Van Hove and De Keersmaeker are now starting the casting and development process, looking for young performers skilled in dance, singing and acting, with dance being a crucial part of the whole audition process. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 Semifinalists selected from both auditions will perform onstage at the Rehearsal Showcase at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Mission Marketplace. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Daughters of Amer. Revolution recruit," 29 June 2018 Johansson — whom, as far as the public knows, has never had a romantic relationship with Cruise — is now denying Tighe's claim that she was involved in this alleged audition process. refinery29.com, "Scarlett Johansson Just Refuted A "Demeaning" Rumor About Her & Tom Cruise," 28 June 2018 Both children went through an audition process held at the Cadillac on May 22. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago and Buffalo Grove children chosen for Cadillac Theatre's engagement of 'Waitress' national tour," 11 June 2018 Betty Gilpin was used to being in the presence of a group of women in waiting rooms at auditions and, yes, even finding some camaraderie in the process of going after the same role. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Stunt doubles? No such luck for Betty Gilpin and the wrestling show 'GLOW'," 1 June 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald Dolphins audition one of draft’s top kickers on Monday The Dolphins are giving a double-dose of attention to one of draft’s top tight ends Wild trades. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Dare to dream: Saquon Barkley in a Dolphins uniform. Stranger things have happened | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018 The audition process is rigorous, and the costumes can weigh as much as 47 pounds. BostonGlobe.com, "Goof off the fun way on National Goof-Off Day," 20 Mar. 2018 The Voice is great, but no other talent competition has a better, more hilarious audition process than American Idol. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "[UPDATED] Katy Perry Kissed a Boy On The 'American Idol' Premiere, And He Didn't Like It," 14 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once a year Danceworks turns the stage over to auditioning artists. Stefany Zamora, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Danceworks ignites the weekend with hip hop dance show," 26 July 2017 According to Fox News, Sorvino was auditioning for a role in a horror movie, for which the casting director wanted to scare her before a scene. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Mira Sorvino Claims Casting Director Gagged Her With a Condom When She Was 16," 11 July 2018 Which by the way, was not auditioning for Paula, Simon, or Randy. Valentina Valentini, Longreads, "A Clarifying Dose of Reality (TV)," 6 Apr. 2018 Those auditioning must be at least 8 years old and prepared to read from the script. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Audience assists in solving ‘Touchtone 'M' for Murder’ mystery in Orland Park," 6 July 2018 The evil space pageant overlord is named Kevin Charles Patterson (the real founder of San Diego Fringe) and the acts auditioning for the pageant include some Globutes, who conduct an onstage anal probe on an unsuspecting audience member. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego International Fringe Festival gets off to a smooth and diverse start," 25 June 2018 Last season Jerome had a workout with the New England Patriots and last week auditioned for Philadelphia Eagles. Shandel Richardson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Taravella standout Lorenzo Jerome in search of new NFL home," 25 June 2018 Bolton spent months auditioning for his new role on Fox News. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump embraces his instincts at a key global moment," 2 Apr. 2018 The child star auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 12 and remained a member of the show for its original three-season run from 1955-1959 on ABC. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Doreen Tracey, original Mickey Mouse Club member, dies at 74," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of audition

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1931, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for audition

Noun

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin audition-, auditio, from audire

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audition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of audition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short performance to show the talents of someone (such as an actor or a musician) who is being considered for a role in a play, a position in an orchestra, etc.

audition

verb

English Language Learners Definition of audition (Entry 2 of 2)

of a performer : to try out for a role in a play or film, a position in an orchestra, etc. : to perform in an audition

: to test (someone) in an audition

audition

noun
au·di·tion | \ ȯ-ˈdi-shən \

Kids Definition of audition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short performance to test the talents of someone (as a singer, dancer, or actor)

audition

verb
auditioned; auditioning

Kids Definition of audition (Entry 2 of 2)

: to test or try out in a short performance He auditioned for a part in the play. They auditioned her for the lead role.

audition

noun
au·di·tion | \ ȯ-ˈdish-ən \

Medical Definition of audition 

1 : the power or sense of hearing

2 : the act of hearing

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