a. A group of viewers or listeners, especially those present at a performance (as a play, concert, or lecture) or a public event (as a rally).
b. The readership for printed matter, as for a book.
c. A group of people who follow or admire an artist or performer: The tenor expanded his audience by recording popular songs as well as opera.
2. A formal hearing, as with a religious or state dignitary.
3. An opportunity to be heard or to express one's views.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin audientia, from audiēns, audient-, present participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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