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.

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In the early days, Nwandu says, readership was 80 percent female; after the adjustment, which included incorporating more stories about sports and politics, readers are now 60 percent female. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 Therefore announcing that dozens or perhaps hundreds of ostensibly independent editorial pages will publish similar Trump critiques at the same time probably isn’t the best way to expand readership among the rightward half of the electorate. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump’s Honeymoon with Media Almost Over," 13 Aug. 2018 The college-age men who made up a sizable portion of Esquire’s readership in 1959 flooded the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island that summer with dates in tow. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Great Day in Harlem, Revisited," 2 Nov. 2018 It is built to reward us for snarky in-group communication and designed to encourage unintended out-group readership. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah Jeong fracas," 8 Aug. 2018 Editors use Chartbeat to understand real-time readership of our stories and Google Analytics to pull trends and reports over a longer period of time. New York Times, "Metrics Are Everywhere in Media. Here’s How They Help.," 23 May 2018 To the number of fine books about these extraterrestrial oddities can now be added a worthy pair for a general readership, one that recounts the history and present state of black-hole research and the other that peers into its near future. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the magazine industry, once the arbiter of interior tastes, has been in decline for the last decade, with circulations falling and readership aging. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 Dope, which has built a large readership among younger cannabis users, has been acquired by High Times, the grand-daddy of weed magazines. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-based Dope Magazine sold for $11M to High Times," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of readership

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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