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

Staged on a simplistic set designed by stage manager Kelli Jones and others, the story begins during winter at an audition, as artistic director Gordon Page (played by Rob Allen) stumbles in the dark trying to turn on the power. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Laurel Mill Playhouse presents 'Laughing Stock'," 6 July 2018 His audition was filmed in October last year, but aired Sunday on ABC. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Resident Hits High Notes In Quirky American Idol Audition," 27 Mar. 2018 Dana Wygmans, Mason’s private bass teacher, had helped Mason prepare for his music school auditions. Alejandra Matos And Andrea Zelinski, San Antonio Express-News, "Friends, family celebrate life of bombing victim, ‘a mover and shaker, even at 17’," 14 Mar. 2018 Then Simon said that of all of the shows, my audition was the best. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Contestants Spill All the Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of the Show," 10 July 2018 Pederson will likely be cautious with his veterans, so look for the preseason to mostly be an audition of down-the-depth chart players. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Eagles offseason workout review: What was learned, who stood out, what's unanswered, and what's next," 15 June 2018 With Raekwon McMillan and Kiko Alonso likely holding down two of the three starting linebacker spots, Miami’s holding an open audition for that third spot, seeking a replacement for Lawrence Timmons, who was released this offseason. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins' Stephone Anthony comfortable, in the mix for third linebacker job," 11 June 2018 Essentially, this season has been and will continue to be an audition for several players. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres option Carlos Asuaje to get look at Franmil Reyes," 14 May 2018 Peach schnapps has been used, and grapefruit juice got an audition as well. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "The Definitive Guide to the Triple Crown Cocktails," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of five matches an episode, there will now be three, and the characters will have to audition their matches in front of Debbie, Sam, and Bash. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 But apparently, not too bad, as Tutton was called in to audition on the show itself. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Real Life singer, 'Boy Band' winner Brady Tutton comes home to Milwaukee for Summerfest," 25 June 2018 But to get onto the graduation-day podium, Sef had to audition the speech before a panel of judges who did not know him. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "This autistic boy’s classmates had never heard him speak. What he finally said at graduation blew them away.," 18 June 2018 Making some of those moves soon would serve a double purpose, because that would free up roster space for some minor league players to audition for a future that might not be that far off. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: If Duquette is ready to focus on future and there's significant interest in Machado, what's the Orioles' holdup?," 13 June 2018 When he was approached to audition for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival on Showtime, not much was disclosed to him about the part. Christian Anwander, Esquire, "Esquire's 2018 Mavericks of Hollywood," 13 Feb. 2018 Chicago native John Mulaney reveals he was asked to audition for 'Home Alone' » Check out the latest movie reviews from Michael Phillips and the Chicago Tribune. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Noted former Chicago police detective not amused by Netflix comedian's parody," 10 May 2018 Earlier Tuesday, The New York Post reported that Favre auditioned for ESPN executives in New York recently and had a less-than-stellar tryout. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Brett Favre 'not sure' about broadcasting after linked to Monday Night Football audition," 17 Apr. 2018 The idea that the Suns’ young players are auditioning for the 2018-19 season is a bit overblown, particularly if Phoenix hires a new coach. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' Marquese Chriss ending season on strong note," 29 Mar. 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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