audience Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance
- the audience applauded
- someone in the audience began to cough
noun the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment
- every artist needs an audience
- the broadcast reached an audience of millions
noun an opportunity to state your case and be heard
- they condemned him without a hearing
- he saw that he had lost his audience
noun a conference (usually with someone important)
- he had a consultation with the judge
- he requested an audience with the king
, L. audientia
, fr. audire
to hear. See Audible
- The act of hearing; attention to sounds.
Thou, therefore, give due audience, and attend.
- Admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or the transaction of business.
According to the fair play of the world,
Let me have audience: I am sent to speak.
- An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers.
Fit audience find, though few.
He drew his audience upward to the sky.
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