Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A trial performance, as by an actor, dancer, or musician, to demonstrate suitability or skill.
  • noun The sense or power of hearing.
  • noun The act of hearing.
  • intransitive verb To take part in a trial performance.
  • intransitive verb To evaluate (a person) in a trial performance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The sense of hearing; hearing, as a physiological function or faculty; one of the five special senses.
  • noun Something heard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of hearing or listening; hearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable A performance, by an aspiring performer, to demonstrate suitability or talent
  • noun uncountable The sense of hearing
  • verb transitive To evaluate one or more performers in through an audition
  • verb intransitive To take part in such a performance

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

  • verb perform in order to get a role
  • noun the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
  • noun a test of the suitability of a performer

Etymologies

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

[Latin audītiō, audītiōn-, from audītus, past participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French audicion, from Latin audītiō, from audiō ("I hear").

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