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.

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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 Fashion magazines are going through sharp declines in advertising and readership. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Dark Comedy in the Fashion World," 27 Aug. 2018 What career path led you to launch a cannabis magazine that aims at a 25- to 40-year-old female readership? Adam Tschorn,, "Broccoli magazine founder talks retro inspiration, creative storytelling and cat-run dispensaries," 28 Mar. 2018 Little Free Libraries seek to give children more opportunities to read, borrow and donate books to expand readership among youth. Austen Erblat,, "Greenacres honors Wes Kain, co-star of 'The Vanilla Ice Project,' with street dedication," 6 July 2018 But tension grew sharply between Chicago and Los Angeles, as flat revenue and declining readership pushed the company to cut 200 journalists. Joe Mozingo,, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 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

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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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