from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The spectators or listeners assembled at a performance, for example, or attracted by a radio or television program.
- n. The readership for printed matter, as for a book.
- n. A body of adherents; a following: The tenor expanded his audience by recording popular songs as well as opera.
- n. A formal hearing, as with a religious or state dignitary.
- n. An opportunity to be heard or to express one's views.
- n. The act of hearing or attending.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of hearing; attention to sounds.
- n. Admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or the transaction of business.
- n. An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or state of hearing or attending to words or sounds; the act of listening.
- n. Liberty or opportunity of being heard; liberty or opportunity of speaking with or before, as before an assembly or a court of law; specifically, admission of an ambassador, envoy, or other applicant to a formal interview with a sovereign or other high officer of government.
- n. A hearing; an interview or conference.
- n. An auditory; an assembly of hearers.
- n. [Sp. audiencia, commonly used in English writing without translation.] In Spain and Spanish countries, a name given to certain courts, also collectively to certain law-officers appointed to institute a judicial inquiry.
- n. In England, an abbreviation for audience-court (which see). =
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an opportunity to state your case and be heard
- n. a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance
- n. a conference (usually with someone important)
- n. the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin audientia, from audiēns, audient-, present participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French audience, from Latin audientia, from present participle audiens "hearing", from verb audio, "I hear". (Wiktionary)