[ aw-dish-uh n ]
/ ɔˈdɪʃ ən /


a trial hearing given to a singer, actor, or other performer to test suitability for employment, professional training or competition, etc.
a reading or other simplified rendering of a theatrical work, performed before a potential backer, producer, etc.
the act, sense, or power of hearing.
something that is heard.

verb (used with or without object)

to try or compete in an audition: to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.

Nearby words

  1. audiphone,
  2. audit,
  3. audit bureau of circulation,
  4. audit trail,
  5. auditing,
  6. auditionee,
  7. auditioner,
  8. auditive,
  9. auditor,
  10. auditor general

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for audition


/ (ɔːˈdɪʃən) /


a test at which a performer or musician is asked to demonstrate his ability for a particular role, etc
the act, sense, or power of hearing


to judge by means of or be tested in an audition

Word Origin for audition

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

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Word Origin and History for audition
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Medicine definitions for audition


[ ô-dĭshən ]


The sense, ability, or power of hearing.

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