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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin audientia 'hearing', from audire; AUDIO

audience

noun
     
au‧di‧ence S2 W2
1 [countable also + plural verb] British English a group of people who come to watch and listen to someone speaking or performing in public:
The audience began clapping and cheering.
audience of
an audience of 250 business people
One member of the audience described the opera as 'boring'.
2 [countable also + plural verb] British EnglishTCB the people who watch or listen to a particular programme, or who see or hear a particular artist's, writer's etc work:
The show attracts a regular audience of about 20 million.
target audience (=the type of people that a programme, advertisement etc is supposed to attract)
Goya was one of the first painters to look for a wider audience for his work.
The book is not intended for a purely academic audience.
3 [countable] a formal meeting with a very important person
audience with
He was granted an audience with the Pope.

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