read·er·ship | \ˈrē-dər-ˌship \

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

Saudi Arabia makes up most of the readership, Vogue Arabia said. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Vogue Arabia Puts Princess in Driver’s Seat, With Not a Word About Jailed Activists," 31 May 2018 In general, Ellison is a writer whose readership leans heavily on people who read him as a teen, and often outgrew him. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Harlan Ellison’s Death Raises a #MeToo Quandary," 2 July 2018 L’Union and la Tribune de la Nouvelle-Orleans (the New Orleans Tribune) circulated among a vast national readership during the Civil War and Reconstruction, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Flipping the Narrative: Movement to Publicly Honor Black Journalists and Newspapers Grows," 18 June 2018 Since launching in 2014, ELi’s readership has increased more than 38-fold, with close to 20,000 monthly visitors to its website and 2,000 subscribers to its email newsletter. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As local news outlets struggle to survive, citizen-led efforts are stepping up," 10 July 2018 Publishers say the rules are needed because a growing share readership comes through social media and aggregators, undercutting publishers’ efforts to attract subscribers. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Tech Companies Win Reprieve as EU Parliament Delays Copyright Law," 5 July 2018 Over the decades the majority of us in the readership area of The Aegis and The Record have come to appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes in to each of our local Independence Day celebrations. The Aegis, "Our Independence [Editorial]," 29 June 2018 Poets of the mid-20th century, like Adrienne Rich or Amiri Baraka, critically examine and revolutionize ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and race, but their ideas are expressed in language that’s accessible to a broad readership. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018 Roth also helped bring a wider readership to the acclaimed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld. Hillel Italie,, "Philip Roth, prize-winning author of 'Portnoy's Complaint' and 'American Pastoral,' dies at 85," 22 May 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

: the position of a reader at a university

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