Audience

Definition of Audience

Au´di`ence
n.1.The act of hearing; attention to sounds.
Thou, therefore, give due audience, and attend.
- Milton.
2.Admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or the transaction of business.
According to the fair play of the world,
Let me have audience: I am sent to speak.
- Shak.
3.An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers.
Fit audience find, though few.
- Milton.
He drew his audience upward to the sky.
- Dryden.
Court of audience
(Eng.) a court long since disused, belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury; also, one belonging to the Archbishop of York.
In general
publicly.
- Mozley & W.
To give audience
to listen; to admit to an interview.

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