WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
au•di•ence /ˈɔdiəns/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the group of people listening to or viewing a public event.
  2. the people reached by a radio or television show, by a book, etc.;
    the public:a television audience of several million people.
  3. a regular group of people that shows its interest for something;
    a following:Politicians who promise to lower taxes have a large audience.
  4. opportunity to be heard;
    chance to speak;
    a hearing:He just wants a fair audience.
  5. a formal meeting:a private audience with the Pope.
See -aud-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
au•di•ence  dē əns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the group of spectators at a public event;
    listeners or viewers collectively, as in attendance at a theater or concert:The audience was respectful of the speaker's opinion.
  2. the persons reached by a book, radio or television broadcast, etc.;
    public:Some works of music have a wide and varied audience.
  3. a regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like;
    a following:Every art form has its audience.
  4. opportunity to be heard;
    chance to speak to or before a person or group;
    a hearing.
  5. a formal interview with a sovereign, high officer of government, or other high-ranking person:an audience with the pope.
  6. the act of hearing, or attending to, words or sounds.
  • Latin audientia. See audient, -ence
  • Middle French
  • Middle English 1325–75
    See  collective noun. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

audience /ˈɔːdɪəns/ n
  1. a group of spectators or listeners, esp at a public event such as a concert or play
  2. the people reached by a book, film, or radio or television programme
  3. the devotees or followers of a public entertainer, lecturer, etc; regular public
  4. an opportunity to put one's point of view, such as a formal interview with a monarch or head of state
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin audientia a hearing, from audīre to hear

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