[ ree-der-ship ]


  1. the people who read or are thought to read a particular book, newspaper, magazine, etc.:

    The periodical has a dwindling readership.

  2. the duty, status, or profession of a reader.
  3. (especially in British universities) the position of instructor or lecturer.
  4. the state or quality of being a reader:

    appealing to a higher level of readership.


/ ˈriːdəʃɪp /


  1. all the readers collectively of a particular publication or author

    a readership of five million

    Dickens's readership

  2. the office, position, or rank of university reader

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Word History and Origins

Origin of readership1

First recorded in 1710–20; reader + -ship

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Example Sentences

Online publications often have much higher readerships than traditional media outlets, and as such digital public relations support increased visibility of your brand.

We’re a nonprofit, reliant primarily on donations instead of ad revenue, so we don’t chase pageviews and readership.

Protocol president Tammy Wincup would not disclose the publication’s financials from the end of its first year, but said that the publication’s total readership for 2020 consisted of more than 7 million uniques viewers.

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The Collective’s demographics are similar to that of the company’s overall readership.

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That then enabled her team to act on those behaviors and reach record readership.

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Yet without money, without access, and without readership, that history McMillan seems intent on making will be absent.

Its readership expands in times when more of us need its particular brand of salve.

It has existed, over its long history, in both expanded and contracted states in terms of its readership.

Its contracted readership has not discouraged a larger group, maybe more than ever before, from writing it.

And as its influence and readership expands, the paper is feeling the wrath of Hollywood mega-stars.

In 1876 he returned to Oxford, where from 1883 to 1893 he held the university readership in Latin.

In the present day the readership is purely honorary and without duties.

After lecturing at the University of Toulouse he appeared in Paris in 1581, where he held an extraordinary readership.

The office of readership to this society had been offered to Cowper, but was declined by him.

It seemed that a heretofore unsuspected contingent of her growing readership was substantially obese.


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