[ aw-dish-uhn ]
See synonyms for: auditionauditionedauditioningauditions on

  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.

  1. the act, sense, or power of hearing.

  2. 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

Other words from audition

  • au·di·tion·er, noun
  • re·au·di·tion, noun
  • un·au·di·tioned, adjective

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How to use audition in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for audition


/ (ɔːˈdɪʃən) /

  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

Origin of audition

C16: from Latin audītiō a hearing, from audīre to hear

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