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

Nine months after my first audition, I was called in for the seventh time. Ari’el Stachel, Time, "I Once Hid My Middle Eastern Identity. Being Cast in the Musical The Band’s Visit Changed That," 4 June 2018 On Thursday, April 12, SAG-AFTRA published an installation to their new Code of Conduct that asks producers to stop holding auditions inside hotel rooms. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "SAG-AFTRA Seeks to End Auditions in Hotel Rooms," 15 Apr. 2018 En Vogue formed in 1988 when a group of Oakland producers held auditions to create a girl super group. Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE.com, "'90s R&B Divas En Vogue on Their Hit New Music, Painful Past and How They Survived," 5 Apr. 2018 As the Blackhawks prospect continues his audition this week, though, his central focus is effectively using that size on narrower North American rinks. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Blackhawks prospect Victor Ejdsell learning to adjust big body on the fly," 4 Apr. 2018 That means the producers have already seen a transformation when Arthie comes out to audition. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 The deadline to audition and enter is 5 p.m. June 26. Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land-area calendar of events," 18 June 2018 Suddenly, the Phillies are enduring their share of injuries, which also means some guys are getting to audition. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Injuries lead to auditions for Phillies | Extra Innings," 1 May 2018 Many of his performances were televised by PBS, and singers rearranged their schedules to appear in his performances or even to audition for him. CBS News, "Met Opera fires longtime conductor James Levine after sexual abuse investigation," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Page Hamilton and Tommy Victor have known each other since 1989, the day Hamilton's band, Helmet, auditioned for a steady gig at the legendary (and now defunct) New York music venue CBGB. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "Hey metal fans: Prong and Helmet are touring together, finally | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Kulig plays Zula, a girl from the countryside who auditions for the Mazurek Ensemble, a troupe devoted to the performance of traditional folk music and, eventually, pro-Stalin propaganda. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Joanna Kulig, the Dazzling Star of Cold War, Is About to Have a Very Big Year," 10 Dec. 2018 But the musical comedy sketch parodying A Chorus Line, starring Kristin Chenoweth and O’Donnell as rival elves auditioning for a job for Santa, takes the whimsical cake of the evening. Liz Arcury, Marie Claire, "The 8 Best Celebrity Holiday Specials Ever," 29 Nov. 2018 Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and Garth Brooks have all auditioned and played here—just to name a few. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What It's Really Like to Go Behind the Scenes at the Bluebird Café," 17 June 2017

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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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