au·di·ence /ˈɔdiən(t)s, ˈɑ-/
1. The act of hearing; attention to sounds.
Thou, therefore, give due audience, and attend. --Milton.
2. 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. --Shak.
3. An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers.
Fit audience find, though few. --Milton.
He drew his audience upward to the sky. --Dryden.
Court of audience, or Audience court Eng., a court long since disused, belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury; also, one belonging to the Archbishop of York. --Mozley & W.
In general (or open) audience, publicly.
To give audience, to listen; to admit to an interview.
n 1: a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public)
performance; "the audience applauded"; "someone in the
audience began to cough"
2: 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"
3: an opportunity to state your case and be heard; "they
condemned him without a hearing"; "he saw that he had lost
his audience" [syn: hearing]
4: a conference (usually with someone important); "he had a
consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience
with the king" [syn: consultation, interview]