audition

[ aw-dish-uh n ]
/ ɔˈdɪʃ ən /

noun

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.

Origin of audition

1590–1600; (< Middle French) < Latin audītiōn- (stem of audītiō hearing). See auditive, -ion

Related forms

au·di·tion·er, nounre·au·di·tion, nounun·au·di·tioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for audition

audition

/ (ɔːˈdɪʃən) /

noun

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

verb

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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Medicine definitions for audition

audition

[ ô-dĭshən ]

n.

The sense, ability, or power of hearing.
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