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au·di·ence

 (ô′dē-əns)
n.
1.
a. A group of viewers or listeners of a work of art or entertainment, especially those present at a performance.
b. The readership for printed matter, as for a book.
c. A group of people who follow or admire an artist or performer: The tenor expanded his audience by recording popular songs as well as opera.
2. A formal hearing, as with a religious or state dignitary.
3. An opportunity to be heard or to express one's views.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin audientia, from audiēns, audient-, present participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.]

audience

(ˈɔːdɪəns)
n
1. a group of spectators or listeners, esp at a public event such as a concert or play
2. the people reached by a book, film, or radio or television programme
3. the devotees or followers of a public entertainer, lecturer, etc; regular public
4. an opportunity to put one's point of view, such as a formal interview with a monarch or head of state
[C14: from Old French, from Latin audientia a hearing, from audīre to hear]

au•di•ence

(ˈɔ di əns)

n.
1. the group of spectators at a public event; listeners or viewers collectively, as in attendance at a play or concert.
2. the persons reached by a book, radio or television broadcast, etc.; public.
3. a regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like; following.
4. opportunity to be heard; chance to speak; a hearing.
5. a formal interview with a sovereign or other high-ranking person: an audience with the pope.
6. the act of hearing, or attending to, words or sounds.
[1325–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin audientia act of listening, group of listeners = audient-, s. of audiēns, present participle of audīre to hear + -ia -ia]
usage: See collective noun.

Audience

 a group or assembly of listeners, viewers, or spectators; a formal interview with a person of importance, hence, those present at such an interview.
Examples: an audience with the pope; an audience of readers; of secular men, 1407.

audience

You refer to all the people who are watching or listening to a play, concert, film, or television play as the audience. You can use either a singular or plural form of a verb with audience.

Yesterday the audience was rather larger.
The television audience were able to hear some of the comments.

You can also use audience to refer to the people who read a particular writer's books or hear about someone's ideas.

...the need for intellectuals to communicate their ideas to a wider audience.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.audience - a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performanceaudience - a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance; "the audience applauded"; "someone in the audience began to cough"
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place
gallery - spectators at a golf or tennis match
grandstand - the audience at a stadium or racetrack
house - the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema; "the house applauded"; "he counted the house"
attender, auditor, hearer, listener - someone who listens attentively
motion-picture fan, moviegoer - someone who goes to see movies
playgoer, theatergoer, theatregoer - someone who attends the theater
2.audience - the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainmentaudience - 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"
populace, public, world - people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
hoi polloi, masses, the great unwashed, multitude, people, mass - the common people generally; "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
readership - the audience reached by written communications (books or magazines or newspapers etc.)
TV audience, viewers, viewing audience - the audience reached by television
3.audience - an opportunity to state your case and be heardaudience - an opportunity to state your case and be heard; "they condemned him without a hearing"; "he saw that he had lost his audience"
chance, opportunity - a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"
4.audience - a conference (usually with someone important)audience - a conference (usually with someone important); "he had a consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience with the king"
group discussion, conference - a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

audience

noun
2. public, market, following, fans, devotees, fanbase, aficionados She began to find a receptive audience for her work.
3. interview, meeting, hearing, exchange, reception, consultation The Prime Minister will seek an audience with the Queen today.

audience

noun
1. The body of persons who admire a public personality, especially an entertainer:
2. A chance to be heard:
Translations
جُمْهُورجُمهور المُشاهِدين أو المُسْتَمِعينمُقابَلَه رَسْمِيَّه
publikumaudienceobecenstvo
publikumtilhørereaudiens
yleisökatsojalukijalukijakunta
publika
közönséghallgatóságkihallgatás
áheyrendur, áhorfendur, lesenduráheyrn, viîtal
聴衆
관중청중
audiencijaklausytojaižiūrovai
audienceauditorijaklausītājipieņemšana
publiekgevolglezerslezerspubliek
audienciapublikum
občinstvo
publik
ผู้ชม
dinleyicilerhuzura kabulresmî kabulseyirci- dinleyiciseyirciler
khán giả

audience

[ˈɔːdɪəns]
A. N
1. (= gathering) → público m; (in theatre etc) → público m, auditorio m
there was a big audienceasistió un gran público
those in the audiencelos que formaban/forman parte del público or de la audiencia
TV audiencestelespectadores mpl
2. (= interview) → audiencia f (with con) to have an audience withtener audiencia con, ser recibido en audiencia por
to grant sb an audiencedar audiencia or conceder (una) audiencia a algn
to receive sb in audiencerecibir a algn en audiencia
B. CPD audience appeal N it's got audience appealtiene gancho con el público
audience chamber Nsala f de audiencias
audience participation Nparticipación f del público
audience rating N (TV, Rad) → índice m de audiencia
audience research N (TV, Rad) → sondeo m de opiniones

audience

[ˈɔːdiəns] n
(in theatre, cinema)public m
The entire audience broke into loud applause → L'ensemble du public se mit à applaudir à tout rompre.
[radio programme] the audience [radio programme] → l'audience f, les auditeurs/trices; [TV programme] → les téléspectateurs/trices, l'audience f
a worldwide television audience of six million → six millions de téléspectateurs dans le monde entier
(= interview) → audience faudience participation nparticipation f du public

audience

n
Publikum nt no pl; (Theat, TV) → Zuschauer pl, → Publikum nt no pl; (of speaker)Zuhörer pl, → Publikum nt no pl; (of writer, book)Leserkreis m, → Leserschaft f; (Rad) → Zuhörerschaft f; to have a large audienceein großes Publikum haben or ansprechen (also Rad, TV etc); to have audience appealpublikumswirksam sein; I prefer London audiencesich ziehe das Publikum in London vor
(= formal interview)Audienz f(with bei)

audience

[ˈɔːdɪəns] n
a. (gathering) → pubblico (Radio) → ascoltatori mpl (TV) → telespettatori mpl; (of speaker) → uditorio
there was a big audience at the theatre → c'erano molti spettatori or c'era un gran pubblico al teatro
b. (formal interview) → udienza

audience

(ˈoːdiəns) noun
1. a group of people watching or listening to a performance etc. The audience at the concert; a television audience.
2. a formal interview with someone important eg a king. an audience with the Pope.

audience ends in -ence (not -ance).

audience

جُمْهُور publikum publikum Publikum ακροατήριο audiencia yleisö public publika pubblico 聴衆 청중 publiek publikum publiczność audiência аудитория publik ผู้ชม seyirci- dinleyici khán giả 受众
References in classic literature ?
Do the best you can when the time comes, and if the audience laughs, don't blame me.
Harling was our audience when we played, and we always looked to her for suggestions.
Nothing deterred by the smallness of his audience, which, in truth, consisted only of the discontented scout, he raised his voice, commencing and ending the sacred song without accident or interruption of any kind.
interrupted his audience, half in incredulity, half in protestation.
The play costs the performers too much, and the audience is too cold-hearted.
But, as thoughts are frozen and utterance benumbed, unless the speaker stand in some true relation with his audience, it may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive, though not the closest friend, is listening to our talk; and then, a native reserve being thawed by this genial consciousness, we may prate of the circumstances that lie around us, and even of ourself, but still keep the inmost Me behind its veil.
At eleven the meeting closed, and the desolate audience filed out into the snow, muttering curses upon the few traitors who had got repentance and gone up on the platform.
Sam's audience hanging on his words with open mouth, he could not but proceed.
If I had advertised another miracle I couldn't have raised an audience with a sheriff.
In New York these performances would have gathered a mighty crowd of curious and intensely interested spectators; but here it only captured an audience of half a dozen little boys who stood in a row across the pavement, some with their school-knapsacks on their backs and their hands in their pockets, others with arms full of bundles, and all absorbed in the show.
I reckoned the poor king was in for a gaudy time of it with the audience, but nothing of the sort; pretty soon he crawls out from under the wigwam, and says:
During the first three hundred years after Columbus's discovery, there wasn't ever more than one good lecture audience of white people, all put together, in America - I mean the whole thing, British Possessions and all; in the beginning of our century there were only 6,000,000 or 7,000,000 - say seven; 12,000,000 or