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 Around the same time, a blog called My Nationalist Pony started attracting a readership. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "My Little Pony Fans Are Ready to Admit They Have a Nazi Problem," 23 June 2020 And these new pressures are arriving at newspapers after a decade's worth of existential threats due to plunging readership, competition from new media platforms, the challenge of reinventing themselves online, massive job cuts, and more. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit newspapers feel economic pressures of coronavirus at time they're needed most," 25 Mar. 2020 Lacking a readership, radical journals vanished from sight in America after Thomas Paine died in 1809. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘The Enlightenment That Failed’ Review: Downfall of the Radicals," 24 Jan. 2020 Even with cuts to staff and advertising and readership, the current reporters at the Journal Tribune have continued to publish hundreds of stories., "In one Maine town, ‘home paper’ is gone after 135 years - The Boston Globe," 13 Oct. 2019 Under Bezos, the Post has trumpeted the fact that its online readership has exploded and, at times, surpassed that of the Times. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Washington Post Has Gotten Off Easy for Too Long," 4 Feb. 2020 Some had successful blogs with loyal readerships that followed them to social media. New York Times, "Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?," 9 Aug. 2019 The Times and its liberal readership are oblivious to the hypocrisy. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Some Conspiracy Theories Are More Equal Than Others," 24 Apr. 2020 His children bravely smuggled some of his manuscripts out of Germany, but the inevitable banning of his books would bring with it the loss of his most treasured possession: his German readership. Duncan White, WSJ, "‘Thomas Mann’s War’ Review: The Man and the Moment," 7 Feb. 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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