Pronunciation: (ô'dē-uns),[key] —n. 1. the group of spectators at a public event; listeners or viewers collectively, as in attendance at a theater or concert: The audience was respectful of the speaker's opinion. 2. the persons reached by a book, radio or television broadcast, etc.; public: Some works of music have a wide and varied audience. 3. a regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like; a following: Every art form has its audience. 4. opportunity to be heard; chance to speak to or before a person or group; a hearing.
5. a formal interview with a sovereign, high officer of government, or other high-ranking person: an audience with the pope. 6. the act of hearing, or attending to, words or sounds.