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a trial hearing given to a singer, actor, or other performer to test suitability for employment, professional training or competition, etc.
a reading or other simplified rendering of a theatrical work, performed before a potential backer, producer, etc.
the act, sense, or power of hearing.
something that is heard.
to try or compete in an audition:
to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.
a person who attends an audition
a test at which a performer or musician is asked to demonstrate his ability for a particular role, etc
the act, sense, or power of hearing
to judge by means of or be tested in an audition

1590s, “power of hearing,” from Middle French audicion “hearing (in a court of law),” from Latin auditionem (nominative auditio) “a hearing, listening to,” noun of action from past participle stem of audire “hear” (see audience). Meaning “trial for a performer” first recorded 1881.

“to try out for a performance part,” 1935, from audition (n.). Transitive sense by 1944. Related: Auditioned; auditioning.

audition au·di·tion (ô-dĭsh’ən)
The sense, ability, or power of hearing.


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