read·​er·​ship ˈrē-dər-ˌship How to pronounce readership (audio)
: the office or position of a reader
: the quality or state of being a reader
: 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 Starting your own publication always suggests a desire for connection and community, casting about for fellow-oddballs, willing a readership into existence. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024 Mid-Michigan Cadillac News has been publishing since 1872 and today serves a readership throughout Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee and eastern Lake Counties with a daily print newspaper. Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2024 With print readership declining in most markets, many media outlets are publishing stories online before printing them. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2024 Big-screen enterprises, particularly those adapted from books with a huge, fiercely loyal readership, often have a ponderousness built in to every image. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Thank you, deeply, for your readership and support throughout the years. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 7 Mar. 2024 Sports editors and journalists throughout the country voted on top-10 placements in various writing, website, print newspaper and photography categories, which were split into four divisions based on newspaper circulation or digital readership size. Staff Report, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Mar. 2024 Editors in wide-circulation newspapers want their puzzles to be solvable by a large portion of their readership. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2024 For three decades, websites large and small have depended on search to help build their readership; now they’re caught in a philosophical quagmire. Longreads, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Readership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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read·​er·​ship ˈrēd-ər-ˌship How to pronounce readership (audio)
: a group of readers

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