from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trial performance, as by an actor, dancer, or musician, to demonstrate suitability or skill.
  • n. The sense or power of hearing.
  • n. The act of hearing.
  • intransitive v. To take part in a trial performance: auditioned for the role and got it.
  • transitive v. To evaluate (a person) in a trial performance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A performance, by an aspiring performer, to demonstrate suitability or talent
  • n. The sense of hearing
  • v. To evaluate one or more performers in through an audition
  • v. To take part in such a performance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of hearing or listening; hearing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of hearing; a hearing or listening; the sensation from an impression on the auditory nerve by the vibrations of the air produced by a sonorous body.
  • n. The sense of hearing; hearing, as a physiological function or faculty; one of the five special senses.
  • n. Something heard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. perform in order to get a role
  • n. the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
  • n. a test of the suitability of a performer


Latin audītiō, audītiōn-, from audītus, past participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French audicion, from Latin audītiō, from audiō ("I hear"). (Wiktionary)


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