Definition of audience in English:


Syllabification: au·di·ence
Pronunciation: /ˈôdēəns


  • 1The assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting: the orchestra was given an enthusiastic ovation from the audience
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    • Oddly, for the first time all year, the meeting had a public audience.
    • Scheduled to be released in April, this is one film which will entertain audiences not in theatres but in school halls.
    • I never understood the screaming hysteria, swooning, and sobbing that seem conventional behaviour for thronging female audiences at big rock concerts.
  • 1.1The people who watch or listen to a television or radio program: the program attracted an audience of almost twenty million
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    • What is it that makes Fox News work so well at attracting a big audience on television but not online?
    • He has a proven track record in developing innovative, award winning programmes which the BBC audiences love.
    • And programme promoters say they're attracting growing television audiences, which now stand at over 800,000.
    market, public, following, fans; listenership, viewership
  • 1.2The readership of a book, magazine, or newspaper: the newspaper has a sophisticated audience
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    • Newspapers get the daily reader, while a magazine audience accumulates over time.
    • Clients and other audiences for the book will want to see more than just pretty pictures.
    • Written for the general audience, this book could captivate any reader.
  • 1.3The people giving or likely to give attention to something: there will always be an audience for romantic literature
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    • But there are ways of improving your chances of garnering attention and gaining an audience.
    • There are many ways you can make sure your marketing materials grab the attention of your audience.
    • Later, chromolithographed posters brought their products to the attention of a wider audience.
  • 2A formal interview with a person in authority: he demanded an audience with the pope
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    • His meals begin with breakfast at 8am, after which he goes to his study for two hours of reading and writing, followed by two hours of formal audiences before lunch.
    • No other of the Enlightened Despots was more fond than Gustav of the time-wasting rituals of court life, the levees, formal audiences and ceremonial entries and exits.
    • Pope John Paul II dedicated his weekly general audience at the Vatican to commemorate the attacks.


late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin audientia, from audire 'hear'.

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