• Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
    Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n audience a conference (usually with someone important) "he had a consultation with the judge","he requested an audience with the king"
    • n audience a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance "the audience applauded","someone in the audience began to cough"
    • n audience the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment "every artist needs an audience","the broadcast reached an audience of millions"
    • n audience an opportunity to state your case and be heard "they condemned him without a hearing","he saw that he had lost his audience"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1986, a drunk fan got into a pace car at Talladega Superspeedway, and started joyriding on the track in front of a nationwide audience. The police cruisers who had to chase him around the track were not amused when they caught and arrested him
    • Audience Admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or the transaction of business. "According to the fair play of the world,
      Let me have audience : I am sent to speak."
    • Audience An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers. "Fit audience find, though few.""He drew his audience upward to the sky."
    • audience publicly.
    • audience See under Arches Audienceetc.
    • Audience The act of hearing; attention to sounds. "Thou, therefore, give due audience , and attend."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The TV show Doctor Who, when it was popular, had an audience of 110 million people
    • n audience The act or state of hearing or attending to words or sounds; the act of listening.
    • n audience 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 audience A hearing; an interview or conference.
    • n audience An auditory; an assembly of hearers.
    • n audience [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 audience In England, an abbreviation for audience-court (which see). = Syn. 4. See spectator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stage bows were originally devised as a way for actors to thank the audience. The audience would or would not acknowledge each of the actors in turn, depending on how much they enjoyed the performance.
    • n Audience the act of hearing: a judicial hearing: admittance to a hearing: a ceremonial interview: an assembly of hearers: a court of government or justice in Spanish America, also the territory administered by it—Sp. audiencia
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  • Fanny Brice
    Fanny Brice
    “Your audience gives you everything you need. They tell you. There is no director who can direct you like an audience.”
  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.”
  • Dan Kennedy
    Dan Kennedy
    “It's easier to find a new audience than to write a new speech.”
  • Thomas Love Peacock
    Thomas Love Peacock
    “I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.”
  • Jimmy Stewart
    Jimmy Stewart
    “Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. audience, L. audientia, fr. audire, to hear. See Audible (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. audibilisaudīre, to hear, conn. with Ger. ous, ōtos, the ear.


In literature:

Whatever was done must be done quietly so as not to alarm the audience.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
Yet the audience was orderly, and on the whole the element of curiosity prevailed.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
I went and co-operated so far as to form one of that lady's audience.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
On the 9th Canning went to the King, and, after a long audience, he came away without anything being settled.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
We shall have to transport the scenery and costumes out here and make arrangements for the audience to be seated.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
The fact that "a heap had been spent on her" inspired the audience with a sense of her importance, which amounted to reverence.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The audience broke out, the moment they see it.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
We shall have a brilliant audience.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I never saw better audiences than the Yorkshire audiences generally.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
From the inside came the strains of music, and through the door a glimpse of a fashionable audience.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman

In poetry:

There is an audience to our drama.
Magic shade mask.
Like the hero of a dream, he works for us,
in our behalf.
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Another morning comes: I see,
Dwindling below me on the plane,
The roofs of one more audience
I shall not see again.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden
O monstrous pipes, melodious
With fitful tune and dream,
The clouds are your only audience,
Her thought is your only theme!
"To Me At My Fifth-Floor Window" by William Ernest Henley
Once this good man we mourn, overwearied,
Worn, anxious, oppressed,
Was going out from his audience chamber
For a season to rest;
"Abraham Lincoln" by Phoebe Cary
Kate the scrubber (forty summers,
Stout but sportive) treads a measure,
Grinning, in herself a ballet,
Fixed as fate upon her audience.
"Interlude" by William Ernest Henley
Brother Bragge and brother Hiley,
Cheer him! when he speaks so vilely,
Cheer him! when his audience flag,
Brother Hiley, brother Bragge.
"Ode To The" by George Canning

In news:

In his weekly general audience catechesis today, Pope Benedict XVI focussed on the meaning and importance of the liturgy.
The show invites audience members to participate.
Easter Catechism When a show is semi-scripted, with ample audience participation, a lot depends on the stage presence of the MC, and Easter Catechism is fortunate indeed to have Denise Fennell filling that role.
As "The Catechism Cataclysm" begins, the audience first hears that this is "110 percent a real story".
Why Hulk Rips Up Audiences in The Avengers.
We seem to live in an age when uncouth behavior is showcased and celebrated across the reality-TV spectrum — and audiences can't get enough of it.
Former President George W Bush addresses the audience during the George W Bush Presidential Center Topping Out Ceremony on October 3, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.
Movie audiences have two train wrecks to thank for the epic visions of Steven Spielberg - a big one, and a little one.
Preservationists springboard off audience enthusiasm for 'Hugo' and 'The Artist' to revive old-school films.
Some consider it an audience development operation, others keep it with the editors.
Rising Cost of Flashy Programs Means Shows Have to Cater First to International Audiences.
Joan Walsh, editor-at-large of, says Vice President Joe Biden had a point when he told an audience including black voters in Danville, Va.
Chanticleer Delights Audiences On 35th Anniversary Tour.
For about two hours, the musicians played and chanted in Sanskrit while the audience responded when moved.
The Chariot pulverizes audiences with a genteel air.

In science:

We hope our special issue will reach a wide audience of graduate students and beginning researchers, in particular since all of the papers, under the open-access model, are accessible free of charge to anyone with a computer and an internet connection.
Dwarf-Galaxy Cosmology
Sustained marketing potential: M needs a way to communicate to a large audience which PCC’s it has produced and how to acquire the rights to make use of those PCC’s.
Informal Control code logic
This type of paper brick must be understandable by a broad audience, e.g. an M.
PaperBricks: An Alternative to Complete-Story Peer Reviewing
Furthermore, conferences may pick up the market idea by having high-level idea sessions where the audience votes for the best idea.
PaperBricks: An Alternative to Complete-Story Peer Reviewing
Again, other than audience voting there should be panel-style discussions allowing for systematic, immediate feedback on the presented ideas — not just three questions or a question by the sessions chair to break the silence.
PaperBricks: An Alternative to Complete-Story Peer Reviewing