Definition of audience in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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'.
When people go to the theatre they generally talk about going to ‘see’ a play, but in former times the usual verb was ‘hear’. In keeping with this idea, the oldest meaning of audience is ‘hearing, attention to what is spoken’. Audience is based on the Latin word audire ‘to hear’ also found in audible (Late Middle English), ‘able to be heard’. An auditorium (early 17th century), originally a Latin word, was a place for hearing something. Before it meant a trial performance of an actor or singer, audition (late 16th century) was the act of hearing or listening. And an audit (Late Middle English) was originally a hearing, in particular a judicial hearing of some kind—it was later used as the term for the reading out of a set of accounts, hence the modern meaning.
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