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audition (n.)

1590s, "power of hearing;" 1650s, "act of hearing, a listening," from French audicion "hearing (in a court of law)" and directly from Latin auditionem (nominative auditio) "a hearing, listening to," noun of action from past-participle stem of audire "to hear" (from PIE root *au- "to perceive"). Meaning "trial for a performer" first recorded 1881.

audition (v.)

1935 (transitive) "give (an applicant for a performance part) a trial or test," from audition (n.). Intransitive sense "try out for a performance part" is from 1938. Related: Auditioned; auditioning.

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Definitions of audition
1
audition (n.)
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty;
Synonyms: hearing / auditory sense / sense of hearing / auditory modality
audition (n.)
a test of the suitability of a performer;
Synonyms: tryout
2
audition (v.)
perform in order to get a role;
She auditioned for a role on Broadway
Synonyms: try out
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