• IPA: /ˈɔːdi.əns/

audience (plural audiences)

  1. A group of people within hearing; specifically, a large gathering of people listening to or watching a performance, speech, etc. [from 15th c.]
    We joined the audience just as the lights went down.
  2. (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.
  3. A widespread or nationwide viewing or listening public, as of a TV or radio network or program.
  4. A formal meeting with a state or religious dignitary. [from 16th c.]
    She managed to get an audience with the Pope.
  5. The readership of a book or other written publication. [from 19th c.]
    "Private Eye" has a small but faithful audience.
  6. A following. [from 20th c.]
    The opera singer expanded his audience by singing songs from the shows.
  7. (historical) An audiencia (judicial court of the Spanish empire), or the territory administered by it.
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