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 week since the Detroit Red Wings chose him in the third round, 66th overall, in the 2019 NHL draft, Grewe has garnered attention among the Free Press’ Wings readership. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "'He looks like a roommate you regret': Albin Grewe catches the eye of Red Wings fans," 27 June 2019 More intriguingly, for the political readership, as a White House stenographer, Stein was not employed as part of the Obama administration but rather as a permanent member of the White House staff. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 Nonfiction Page-Turners to Bring to the Beach This Summer," 22 June 2019 Arroyo canceled her subscription to the magazine after decades of loyal readership. Grace Oldham, azcentral, "A magazine promised $100 for published work, but they sent cookbooks and a cap instead. Call for Action stepped in to help," 17 June 2019 Cumming said the issue would affect only a small slice of the U-T’s readership. Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Reader’s persistence pays off," 7 June 2019 Set in and around the cathedral, the plight of Quasimodo, the cathedral’s hunchbacked bell ringer, and the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, fired the imaginations of Hugo’s French readership. National Geographic, "An 800-year history of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral," 15 Apr. 2019 Happy Father's Day to all the dads and grandfathers in readership land, Sunday! Ron Browning,, "Havre de Grace: Pirate Fest at the Lock House on Saturday," 14 June 2019 Reporters of all stripes were responsible for outrageous fakes that rival some of today’s as competition over readership and power pushed the boundaries of journalism. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019 After years of declining readership and endless newsroom cuts, the new owner of the Los Angeles Times is setting a high target in his effort to turn the company around. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "L.A. Times Owner Sets Ambitious Goal: Five Million Digital Subscribers," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of readership

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of readership was in 1719

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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