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."

Definitions of audition
  1. verb
    perform in order to get a role
    “She auditioned for a role on Broadway”
    synonyms: try out
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    audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
    type of:
    give a performance (of something)
  2. noun
    a test of the suitability of a performer
    synonyms: tryout
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    screen test
    a filmed audition of an actor or actress
    type of:
    run, test, trial
    the act of testing something
  3. noun
    the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
    synonyms: auditory modality, auditory sense, hearing, sense of hearing
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    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
    sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
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