au·di·ence / ˈôdēəns/ • n. 1. the assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting: the orchestra was given an ovation from the audience. ∎ the people who watch or listen to a television or radio program: the program attracted an audience of almost twenty million. ∎ the readership of a book, magazine, or newspaper: the newspaper has a sophisticated audience. ∎ the people giving or likely to give attention to something: there will always be an audience for romantic literature.2. a formal interview with a person in authority: he demanded an audience with the pope.3. archaic formal hearing.