What does the word audience mean?

Usage examples for audience

  1. " I hope the private audience will not last too long," said the young gentleman sharply, as he rose, and pulling his whiskers, walked slowly toward the ante- room. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  2. Again Romayne rose to his feet and waited till a silence fell upon the audience. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  3. The Duke might almost, it is true, have been a Shaw character, but the fun the audience got out of him was the least thing they received. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward