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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.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to try or compete in an audition: to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.
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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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  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
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  1. to judge by means of or be tested in an audition
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Word Origin

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


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.

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

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audition in Medicine


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