audition

noun
au·​di·​tion | \ ȯ-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce audition (audio) \

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 How to pronounce auditioning (audio) \

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

My mom even had an outfit in the back of the car for those auditions: raggedy jeans, torn t-shirt, worn tennis shoes. Marie Claire, "Deep Dives," 7 Mar. 2019 Though Joey learns French for an audition, the book here foreshadows one of the final moments of the series: Rachel preparing to move to Paris. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 Over the course of the morning, Graves, 58, spoke on everything from the need for tenacity in an opera career to specific movement choices for auditions. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Denyce Graves hits a high note for Opera UCF students," 11 June 2018 Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Shalhoub and James Cromwell came in for auditions. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 Sign up for auditions by visiting the education section at www.boxtheatreco.com. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's The Box Theatre Co. offers kids' drama classes," 27 Mar. 2018 Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan are only a few weeks into season 17’s auditions. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'American Idol' Winner Maddie Poppe Is Unrecognizable in the New Season," 24 Mar. 2019 Detroit native Ayla Stackhouse, also part of the production, was cast during auditions in New York. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: BravoBravo!, Palmer Park Art Fair, Art on the Grand in Farmington," 30 May 2018 Contestants for the finals were chosen from a group of more than 25 people who sang a cappella during auditions in February. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way Central Best Buddies program lauded at state level," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The couple met in August 2006 when the bride auditioned for a play that the groom was directing. New York Times, "Madeline Long, Joshua Weinstein," 17 June 2018 Parade reports that Chevel actually auditioned for season 13 of the NBC reality show in Las Vegas, but the teams were already full. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What to Know About 'The Voice' Finalist Chevel Shepherd Before Voting for Her Tonight," 17 Dec. 2018 Instead of shopping for dorm room furniture, the teenager from Florida is traveling the NBA circuit for predraft workouts, auditioning for a spot in the upcoming NBA draft. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Ex-Trail Blazer Ime Udoka a possible finalist for Detroit Pistons head coach position: Report," 5 June 2018 All child/youth roles will be auditioned from 5 to 6:45 p.m. and all adult roles will audition from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8, at the Windham Middle School, 123 Quarry St. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, May 16. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 1 May 2018 To audition, your child must be shorter than 4 feet 2 inches and be no older than 5 years and three months. Courtney Ortega, star-telegram, "Casting call: Tony-nominated musical 'Waitress' looking for local girls to play role of Lulu," 9 Feb. 2018 Mohan said the filmmaking team has traveled to India to audition some performers. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Hollywood's Duplass Brothers will produce a movie that will be filmed in Indy," 16 Jan. 2018 What got you interested in auditioning for America's Got Talent rather than the various other singing competitions on TV? Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Brody Ray on His Emotional 'America's Got Talent' Audition: 'It Was So Validating for Me'," 29 June 2018 As was the song by Motian, whose band Cline auditioned for unsuccessfully in 1983. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "How Wilco guitarist Nels Cline remade his 'Lovers' especially for Philadelphia," 25 May 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

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin audītiōn-, audītiō "act of hearing, report, rumor," from audīre "to hear" + -tiōn- -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at audible entry 1

Verb

derivative of audition entry 1

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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 How to pronounce audition (audio) \

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 How to pronounce audition (audio) \

Medical Definition of audition

1 : the power or sense of hearing
2 : the act of hearing

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