|Origin:||Latin audientia 'hearing', from audire; AUDIO|
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.
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.