Au"di*ence (?), n. [F. audience, L. audientia, fr. audire to hear. See Audible, a.]
The act of hearing; attention to sounds.
Thou, therefore, give due audience, and attend.
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.
An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers.
Fit audience find, though few.
He drew his audience upward to the sky.
Court of audience, or Audience court Eng., a court long since disused, belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury; also, one belonging to the Archbishop of York. Mozley & W. -- In general (or open) audience, publicly. -- To give audience, to listen; to admit to an interview.
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