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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French audience, from Latin audientia, from present participle audiens "hearing", from verb audio (I hear).

PronunciationEdit

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Particularly: "British"

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. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      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.
  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.

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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NounEdit

audience f (plural audiences)

  1. audience, viewer

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔ.djens/, [ˈɔːd̪jen̪s̪]
  • Hyphenation: au‧dience

NounEdit

audience f (uncountable)

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

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