Origin of audience
Examples from the Web for audience
The best comparison here for an American audience is, well, Internet stuff.
Conway says the audience is asked to vote all the way through the show.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When the audience laughed he added that, “They think freedom would benefit them but they were cheated.”50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West|IranWire, Shima Sharabi|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We brought in Don Lemon, the year that he wrote his book, and I told that story to the audience that was there.
Ive been wonderin for a long time, Mable, why the audience officers all wear spurs."That's me all over, Mable"|Edward Streeter
Commodus was not in Rome when his father died and it was therefore not possible for Brinnaria to have an audience with him.The Unwilling Vestal|Edward Lucas White
He sartin did love an audience, and here was one that didn't know him nor his history, nor nothing.Cape Cod Stories|Joseph C. Lincoln
On other occasions pictures, described with minute attention to details, were presented to the audience in Tableaux-328- Vivants.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
He looked a bit surprised, but said nothing and took up the matter at hand with but half an audience.Ruth Fielding At College|Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for audience
Word Origin for audience
Word Origin and History for audience
late 14c., "the action of hearing," from Old French audience, from Latin audentia "a hearing, listening," from audientum (nominative audiens), present participle of audire "to hear," from PIE compound *au-dh- "to perceive physically, grasp," from root *au- "to perceive" (cf. Greek aisthanesthai "to feel;" Sanskrit avih, Avestan avish "openly, evidently;" Old Church Slavonic javiti "to reveal"). Meaning "formal hearing or reception" is from late 14c.; that of "persons within hearing range, assembly of listeners" is from early 15c. (French audience retains only the older senses). Sense transferred 1855 to "readers of a book." Audience-participation (adj.) first recorded 1940.