audience

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From Old French audience, from Latin audientia, from present participle audiens "hearing", from verb audio, "I hear".

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audience (plural audiences)

  1. (now rare) Hearing; the condition or state of hearing or listening. [from 14th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke VII:
      When he had ended all his sayinges in the audience of the people, he entred into Capernaum.
  2. A group of people within hearing; specifically a group of people listening to a performance, speech etc.; the crowd seeing a stage performance. [from 15th c.]
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
    We joined the audience just as the lights went down.
  3. A formal meeting with a state or religious dignitary. [from 16th c.]
    She managed to get an audience with the Pope.
  4. The readership of a book or other written publication. [from 19th c.]
    "Private Eye" has a small but faithful audience.
  5. A following. [from 20th c.]
    The opera singer expanded his audience by singing songs from the shows.

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  • In some dialects, audience is used as a plurale tantum.
    The audience are getting restless.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin audientia, from present participle audiens "hearing", from verb audio, "I hear".

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audience f (plural audiences)

  1. audience, viewer

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