What does audience mean?

Definitions for audience
ˈɔ di ənsau·di·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. audiencenoun

    a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance

    "the audience applauded"; "someone in the audience began to cough"

  2. audiencenoun

    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"

  3. hearing, audiencenoun

    an opportunity to state your case and be heard

    "they condemned him without a hearing"; "he saw that he had lost his audience"

  4. consultation, audience, interviewnoun

    a conference (usually with someone important)

    "he had a consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience with the king"


  1. audiencenoun

    Hearing; the condition or state of hearing or listening.

  2. audiencenoun

    A group of people within hearing; specifically a group of people listening to a performance, speech etc.; the crowd seeing a stage performance.

    We joined the audience just as the lights went down.

  3. audiencenoun

    A formal meeting with a state or religious dignitary.

    She managed to get an audience with the Pope.

  4. audiencenoun

    The readership of a book or other written publication.

    "Private Eye" has a small but faithful audience.

  5. audiencenoun

    A following.

    The opera singer expanded his audience by singing songs from the shows.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Audiencenoun

    Etymology: audience, Fr.

    Now I breathe again
    Aloft the flood, and can give audience
    To any tongue, speak it of what it will. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Thus far his bold discourse, without controul,
    Had audience. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    His look
    Drew audience, and attention still as night,
    Or summer’s noon-tide air. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii.

    Were it reason to give men audience, pleading for the overthrow of that which their own deed hath ratified? Richard Hooker.

    According to the fair play of the world,
    Let me have audience: I am sent to speak,
    My holy lord of Milan, from the king. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Or, if the star of ev’ning, and the moon,
    Haste to thy audience, night with her will bring
    Silence. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    The hall was filled with an audience of the greatest eminence for quality and politeness. Joseph Addison, Guard. №. 115.

    It proclaims the triumphs of goodness in a proper audience, even before the whole race of mankind. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    In this high temple, on a chair of state,
    The seat of audience, old Latinus sate. John Dryden, Æneid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Audienceadjective

    the act of hearing; attention to sounds

  2. Audienceadjective

    admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or the transaction of business

  3. Audienceadjective

    an auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers

  4. Etymology: [F. audience, L. audientia, fr. audire to hear. See Audible, a.]


  1. Audience

    An audience is a group of people who participate in a show or encounter a work of art, literature, theatre, music, video games, or academics in any medium. Audience members participate in different ways in different kinds of art; some events invite overt audience participation and others allowing only modest clapping and criticism and reception. Media audience studies have become a recognized part of the curriculum. Audience theory offers scholarly insight into audiences in general. These insights shape our knowledge of just how audiences affect and are affected by different forms of art. The biggest art form is the mass media. Films, video games, radio shows, software and other formats are affected by the audience and its reviews and recommendations. In the age of easy Internet participation and citizen journalism, professional creators share space, and sometimes attention, with the public. American journalist Jeff Jarvis has said, "Give the people control of media, they will use it. The corollary: Don't give the people control of media, and you will lose. Whenever citizens can exercise control, they will." Tom Curley, President of the Associated Press, similarly said, "The users are deciding what the point of their engagement will be — what application, what device, what time, what place."


  1. Audience

    Audience provides audio software and semiconductor systems. It offers sound processing systems for voice and telecommunications. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'audience' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1891

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'audience' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2492

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'audience' in Nouns Frequency: #725

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of audience in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of audience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of audience in a Sentence

  1. Brian Kilmeade:

    I understand our audience, i do hope the show is a little different, I’m trying to bring in new guests and I’m going out of my way to find some common ground with people and understand that people need to exhale and lower the temperature.

  2. Zabihullah Mujahid:

    We understand the importance of spreading information about our jihad and our determination to re-establish the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, now many diplomats from various countries seek an audience with our leaders and follow us on social media.

  3. Tom Shillue:

    A lot of comedians, I just think they think the audience is going to be offended.

  4. Sophia Webster:

    It was my dream collaboration, it's a perfect fit for my brand. It's definitely a good way to reach a wider audience.

  5. Mirsad Purivatra:

    We have always wanted the Sarajevo film festival to be a human-sized festival, all-hospitality festival where nobody is unreachable, and where famous authors can talk to the audience.

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  • جمهور, نظارةArabic
  • пу́блика, читатели, аудито́рия, аудие́нцияBulgarian
  • obecenstvoCzech
  • publikumDanish
  • Audienz, Publikum, ZuschauerGerman
  • ακρόαση, κοινό, ακροατήριοGreek
  • aŭdiencoEsperanto
  • público, audienciaSpanish
  • lukija, lukijakunta, audienssi, vastaanotto, katsoja, yleisöFinnish
  • lectorat, assistance, public, auditoire, audienceFrench
  • èisteachdScottish Gaelic
  • kihallgatás, audiencia, közönségHungarian
  • udienza, pubblicoItalian
  • קהלHebrew
  • 観衆, 観客, 聴衆Japanese
  • 관중Korean
  • جمهورKurdish
  • audientie, gevolg, lezers, onderhoud, lezerspubliek, publiekDutch
  • publikum, lesereNorwegian
  • widownia, audiencja, publikaPolish
  • audiência, públicoPortuguese
  • аудие́нция, зритель, аудито́рия, пу́блика, читателRussian
  • avdienca, občinstvoSlovene
  • publikSwedish
  • பார்வையாளர்களைTamil
  • ప్రేక్షకులు, అనుచరులుTelugu
  • khán giả, quý vịVietnamese

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. lank
    • B. irascible
    • C. motile
    • D. currish

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