[ ree-der-ship ]
/ ˈri dərˌʃɪp /


the people who read or are thought to read a particular book, newspaper, magazine, etc.: The periodical has a dwindling readership.
the duty, status, or profession of a reader.
(especially in British universities) the position of instructor or lecturer.
the state or quality of being a reader: appealing to a higher level of readership.

Nearby words

  1. readable,
  2. readdress,
  3. reade,
  4. reade, charles,
  5. reader,
  6. readies,
  7. readily,
  8. readiness,
  9. reading,
  10. reading chair

Origin of readership

First recorded in 1710–20; reader + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for readership


/ (ˈriːdəʃɪp) /


all the readers collectively of a particular publication or authora readership of five million; Dickens's readership
mainly British the office, position, or rank of university reader
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for readership



1719, "office of a reader," from reader + -ship. Meaning "total number of readers of a publication" is from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper