audition

An audition is a tryout for a role in a movie, orchestra, or play. If you bomb the audition, you probably won't make it into the cast.

When describing a tryout in which an actor, singer, musician, or dancer tries to prove that he or she is talented enough to earn a part in a show, audition is used as a noun. The word can also be used as a verb, as in, "I auditioned for the part of Peter Pan, but every time I tried to fly I fell flat on my face." Audition shares a common heritage with audience, the group of people who will eventually watch the show for which a performer has auditioned. Both words come from the Middle French term meaning "power of hearing."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: audition

1
vn
perform in order to get a role
a test of the suitability of a performer
2
n
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: audition
1

v perform in order to get a role

“She auditioned for a role on Broadway”
Synonyms:
try out
Types:
read
audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
Type of:
perform
give a performance (of something)

n a test of the suitability of a performer

Synonyms:
tryout
Types:
screen test
a filmed audition of an actor or actress
Type of:
run, test, trial
the act of testing something
2

n the ability to hear; the auditory faculty

Synonyms:
auditory modality, auditory sense, hearing, sense of hearing
Types:
ear
good hearing
absolute pitch, perfect pitch
the ability to identify the pitch of a tone
Type of:
modality, sense modality, sensory system
a particular sense
exteroception
sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
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