Definition of audience in US English:

audience

noun

  • 1The assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting.

    ‘the orchestra was given an enthusiastic ovation from the audience’
    • ‘The most extraordinary synergy between performer and audience that I have ever seen.’
    • ‘And most unusual to be in a theatre audience that listened so intently.’
    • ‘And he's still a visible and vital presence on the concert circuit, where audiences come to revere the octogenarian.’
    • ‘The generally younger audience is treated to some exciting music from the different guest players who join the regular band.’
    • ‘What is interesting of course is that this is the most successful Indian film with English speaking audiences in North America and Europe.’
    • ‘She was known for her deep, piercing eyes and dusky, throaty voice that always seemed to command the full attention of audiences.’
    • ‘At one of the recent public meetings on sustainable development, a member of the audience lamented the rapid pace of development in Bermuda.’
    • ‘Six years ago, she had never even considered that she might take part in international music festivals and introduce bands to concert audiences.’
    • ‘This is the first time an accordion player has been invited to entertain audiences at the event.’
    • ‘The finished production, is performed in front of an audience of the general public and theatre representatives.’
    • ‘And in any event the audiences in 1602 were no doubt so used to the convention of female parts being played by men that they barely noticed it.’
    • ‘This remarkable film - finally released here two years after it was made - first entranced European audiences at the Berlin film festival.’
    • ‘I never understood the screaming hysteria, swooning, and sobbing that seem conventional behaviour for thronging female audiences at big rock concerts.’
    • ‘Scheduled to be released in April, this is one film which will entertain audiences not in theatres but in school halls.’
    • ‘Jerry spoke passionately about the sport for over two hours and answered many questions from a really enthusiastic audience.’
    • ‘Oddly, for the first time all year, the meeting had a public audience.’
    • ‘Book festival audiences are inclined to be well disposed towards the writers they come to hear.’
    spectators, listeners, viewers, onlookers, concertgoers, theatregoers, patrons
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    1. 1.1 The people who watch or listen to a television or radio program.
      ‘the program attracted an audience of almost twenty million’
      • ‘As everyone here will know, audiences for television are falling.’
      • ‘And programme promoters say they're attracting growing television audiences, which now stand at over 800,000.’
      • ‘She is particularly well known to television audiences for her powerful performances in popular dramas.’
      • ‘There is a wealth of entertainment and enlightenment in the many programmes for niche audiences, ranging from gardening and cookery to archaeology, wildlife, and art.’
      • ‘Which brings us to the last dichotomy: the shifting relation between television and its audiences.’
      • ‘If reports are correct, Saturday's edition was watched by one of the smallest audiences in the programme's forty-year history.’
      • ‘A crowd of hundreds and a television audience of millions watched as Blaine began his self-imposed ordeal.’
      • ‘To survive, a commercial broadcaster must produce programmes that audiences want.’
      • ‘Newspaper readership and television audiences are on the decline while the popularity of blogs and online news sources has steadily increased.’
      • ‘For years George Cole has delighted TV and film audiences with his portrayal of cheeky conmen.’
      • ‘Such series have proved popular with viewers, attracting audiences of up to three million per programme and many sales to overseas networks.’
      • ‘What is it that makes Fox News work so well at attracting a big audience on television but not online?’
      • ‘The council commended the way in which BBC Wales now works with its audiences, immersing programme makers in the community.’
      • ‘The event is also expected to attract a global television audience in excess of one billion people.’
      • ‘ITV has made many challenging programmes that made its audiences think about their world.’
      • ‘BBC World Service attracts audiences of at least 150 million listeners each week.’
      • ‘He has a proven track record in developing innovative, award winning programmes which the BBC audiences love.’
      • ‘The deal is a make or break situation for the struggling radio station which has failed to generate any sizeable audience.’
      market, public, following, clientele, patronage, listenership, viewership
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    2. 1.2 The readership of a book, magazine, or newspaper.
      ‘the newspaper has a sophisticated audience’
      • ‘If a particular novel does satisfy most readers in the target audience, it may be said to be successful.’
      • ‘It's just the latest example of the power of Weblogs to shape perception among a growing audience of online readers.’
      • ‘But does anyone remember when poets aimed for a big audience and wrote about public events?’
      • ‘These books reach multi-ethnic audiences by emphasizing the universal within the culturally particular.’
      • ‘Newspapers get the daily reader, while a magazine audience accumulates over time.’
      • ‘Today, the largest audiences are not for books.’
      • ‘After all, more readers means a bigger audience for advertisements.’
      • ‘Who did you intend the audience of this book to be, and what do you hope they get from it?’
      • ‘Although aimed at an older audience, this book displays the same lively, read-aloud quality.’
      • ‘This is clearly a book with a western audience in mind, but there are plenty of ideas for the modern-day cook in India too.’
      • ‘You must remember that these stories were written for an adult audience, for a newspaper audience.’
      • ‘From what I understand the big political blogs actually have larger audiences then most political magazines.’
      • ‘Sociologists, psychologists, policy makers, and educated lay audiences will find this book interesting and helpful.’
      • ‘The fact is, if you'd written this book for a younger audience, I think it would have been more magical.’
      • ‘Now here I am thanking him for trusting me with his huge audience of loyal readers.’
      • ‘Written for the general audience, this book could captivate any reader.’
      • ‘Freedom of Expression is an especially sensitive issue when young readers are the audience.’
      • ‘Clients and other audiences for the book will want to see more than just pretty pictures.’
      • ‘According to Millet, newspaper audiences began to lose their taste for sensationalist imagery in the '60s.’
      • ‘That's as it should be, as the newspaper has a global audience but not global printing presses.’
      customer, client, patron
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    3. 1.3 The people giving or likely to give attention to something.
      ‘there will always be an audience for romantic literature’
      • ‘Thus, Responsible Conduct with Animals in Research should find a ready and receptive audience.’
      • ‘It's a way of bringing writers to the attention of audiences who wouldn't otherwise buy their books.’
      • ‘But it will open up the joys of the spa to a far wider audience, even with two-hour spa sessions costing £19.’
      • ‘The most receptive audience will probably be the employers whose faulty workplace conditions are alleged to be causing RSI.’
      • ‘This event will reach a worldwide audience as the team set out to put Ireland on the map.’
      • ‘On line service and television footage have taken this event to an audience of world wide proportions.’
      • ‘Who is the most receptive audience for this kind of rhetorical gesture?’
      • ‘Later, chromolithographed posters brought their products to the attention of a wider audience.’
      • ‘Some political commentators contend that he would find it hard to sell himself to a conservative national audience.’
      • ‘But there are ways of improving your chances of garnering attention and gaining an audience.’
      • ‘His influence was by no means confined to England; indeed, his most receptive audience was to be found in the German states.’
      • ‘The promise of reaching a captive, targeted audience eventually made converts, though.’
      • ‘Whether it will reach this target audience is an open question.’
      • ‘All of this is in our effort to promote and market gay and lesbian authors and books to a wider audience.’
      • ‘While the obsession with risk shows little sign of abating, there is a large and diverse audience for critical voices in discussions about this trend.’
      • ‘There are many ways you can make sure your marketing materials grab the attention of your audience.’
  • 2A formal interview with a person in authority.

    ‘he demanded an audience with the Pope’
    • ‘No other of the Enlightened Despots was more fond than Gustav of the time-wasting rituals of court life, the levees, formal audiences and ceremonial entries and exits.’
    • ‘Pope John Paul II dedicated his weekly general audience at the Vatican to commemorate the attacks.’
    • ‘Pope John Paul II is kissed by an unidentified nun during a weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.’
    • ‘His meals begin with breakfast at 8am, after which he goes to his study for two hours of reading and writing, followed by two hours of formal audiences before lunch.’
    meeting, discussion, conference, question and answer session, examination, evaluation, interrogation
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  • 3archaic Formal hearing.

    • ‘He did not have a right of audience in relation to the hearing on 9 September 2002.’
    meeting, consultation, conference, hearing, reception, interview, question and answer session, exchange, dialogue, discussion
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin audientia, from audire ‘hear’.

Pronunciation

audience

/ˈôdēəns//ˈɔdiəns/