lis·​ten·​er | \ ˈlis-nər How to pronounce listener (audio) , ˈli-sᵊn-ər \
plural listeners

Definition of listener

: one who listens to someone or something a radio program with many listeners a friend who's a good listener [=who listens attentively and sympathetically] Fanny, being always a very courteous listener, and often the only listener at hand, came in for the complaints and distresses of most of them.— Jane Austen The average concertgoer drifts in and out of the music, often losing the thread. The listener can't always hear the music in the music, and tends to notice only the most obvious (usually the loudest) events.— David Schiff

First Known Use of listener

1572, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of listener was in 1572

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“Listener.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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