audience

See also: audiencë

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English audience, from Middle French audience, from Old French audience, from Latin audientia, from present participle audiens (hearing), from verb audio (I hear). Doublet of audiencia.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔːdi.əns/
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NounEdit

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.]
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter III, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      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.
  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.
    • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, OCLC 246633669, PC, scene: Citadel:
      Captain Anderson: Sounds like you convinced the Council to give us an audience.
      Ambassador Udina: They were not happy about it. Saren's their top agent. They don't like him being accused of treason.
  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.

Usage notesEdit

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

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French audience, 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
    Synonyms: attention, entretien, séance

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English audience, from Latin audientia, derived from audiēns, present active participle of audiō (I hear, listen to).

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audience f (uncountable)

  1. audience (widespread or nationwide viewing or listening public)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ audience in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)