|1.||[ noun ] (theater,performing arts) a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance|
"the audience applauded" "someone in the audience began to cough"
|Related terms:||gathering house gallery grandstand hearer playgoer moviegoer|
|2.||[ noun ] the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment|
"every artist needs an audience" "the broadcast reached an audience of millions"
|Related terms:||multitude viewing_audience readership populace|
|3.||[ noun ] an opportunity to state your case and be heard|
"they condemned him without a hearing" "he saw that he had lost his audience"
|4.||[ noun ] a conference (usually with someone important)|
"he had a consultation with the judge" "he requested an audience with the king"
|Related terms:||conference confer|