- 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.
- to try or compete in an audition: to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.
Origin of audition
- a person who attends an audition
- 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 and History for auditioner
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.
"to try out for a performance part," 1935, from audition (n.). Transitive sense by 1944. Related: Auditioned; auditioning.
- The sense, ability, or power of hearing.