Definition of audition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ôˈdiSH(ə)n/


An interview for a particular role or job as a singer, actor, dancer, or musician, consisting of a practical demonstration of the candidate’s suitability and skill.
Example sentences
  • The Columbia Men's Ensemble will be holding auditions for experienced singers on Oct. 4.
  • All of its members learn the trade through acting workshops, hands-on experience as extras, or auditions for other roles.
  • Following a rigorous round of auditions and interviews Tony was chosen ahead of hundreds of others a fortnight ago to take up the one year course.
tryout, trial


[no object]
1Perform an audition: he was auditioning for the lead role in the play
More example sentences
  • He is not helped by his dialogue, nor the direction, which makes him deliver the two big speeches as if he were auditioning for the part.
  • You feel the precocious Dinah is auditioning for the show rather than extending the narrative.
  • She was working as the director's assistant and she told him about a new drama that she was auditioning for.
1.1 [with object] Assess the suitability of (someone) for a role by means of an audition: she was auditioning people for her new series
More example sentences
  • He fell in love with Bening on screen, then auditioned her for the role of his lover in the film Bugsy.
  • Almost a hundred actors were auditioned for the role, but James Mackenzie from Edinburgh stood out from the beginning.
  • He came to the English department to audition the girls for the lead role.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'power of hearing or listening'): from Latin auditio(n)-, from audire 'hear'. The current sense of the noun dates from the late 19th century.

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Syllabification: au·di·tion

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