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[aw-dish-uh n]
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  1. a trial hearing given to a singer, actor, or other performer to test suitability for employment, professional training or competition, etc.
  2. a reading or other simplified rendering of a theatrical work, performed before a potential backer, producer, etc.
  3. the act, sense, or power of hearing.
  4. something that is heard.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to try or compete in an audition: to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.

Origin of audition

1590–1600; (< Middle French) < Latin audītiōn- (stem of audītiō hearing). See auditive, -ion
Related formsau·di·tion·er, nounre·au·di·tion, nounun·au·di·tioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for auditioner


  1. a person who attends an audition


  1. a test at which a performer or musician is asked to demonstrate his ability for a particular role, etc
  2. the act, sense, or power of hearing
  1. to judge by means of or be tested in an audition

Word Origin

C16: from Latin audītiō a hearing, from audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for auditioner



1590s, "power of hearing," from Middle French audicion "hearing (in a court of law)," from Latin auditionem (nominative auditio) "a hearing, listening to," noun of action from past participle stem of audire "hear" (see audience). Meaning "trial for a performer" first recorded 1881.



"to try out for a performance part," 1935, from audition (n.). Transitive sense by 1944. Related: Auditioned; auditioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

auditioner in Medicine


  1. The sense, ability, or power of hearing.
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