read·​er·​ship | \ ˈrē-dər-ˌship How to pronounce readership (audio) \

Definition of readership

1a : the office or position of a reader
b : the quality or state of being a reader
2 : the mass or a particular group of readers a magazine's readership

Examples of readership in a Sentence

She holds a readership in chemistry.
Recent Examples on the Web In spite of this mixed readership, however, Weekly Shonen Jump has never employed a female editor in its more than fifty years of operation. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, 18 June 2021 The newspaper contacted communities beyond the Globe’s readership base to solicit concerns about stories in the newspaper’s archives, according to Tuohey. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 In order to drive readership and followers, content has to be interesting, whether it is comprised of thought leadership, company news or technical details. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Last year Meduza calculated its regular Russian readership at about 14 million. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2021 As soon as the show was announced, the kind of conversation that was happening among my readership within the fandom changed, the tone of that conversation changed, and the way people spoke to me changed. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 10 May 2021 The annual list is based on an assessment of the volume increase in insurance quote requests, value jumps and online readership data. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 20 May 2020 The abrupt closing of the blog comes amid reports of dismal readership, including a report by The Washington Post that detailed the blog's poor digital impact compared to the reach Trump's tweets used to generate. Will Steakin, ABC News, 2 June 2021 Its audience has also jumped from a daily circulation under 500,000, the seventh-largest readership of any American paper, to three million digital subscribers, second only to The New York Times. New York Times, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of readership

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Readership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of readership

: the number or group of people who read a particular newspaper or magazine
British : the position of a reader at a university

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