Meaning of “audition” in the English Dictionary

"audition" in British English

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auditionnoun [ C ]

uk /ɔːˈdɪʃ.ən/ us /ɑːˈdɪʃ.ən/

C1 a short performance that an actor, musician, dancer, etc. gives in order to show they are suitable for a particular play, film, show, etc.:

His audition went well and he's fairly hopeful about getting the part.
The director is holding auditions next week for the major parts.

More examples

  • She was terribly nervous before the audition, but once she started singing she was fine.
  • The director made some positive comments about my audition but I couldn't tell if he was genuinely impressed.
  • Why don't you go along to the auditions for the school play? You're a good actor.
  • They have already held the auditions for the main parts in the series.
  • She sang really badly at her audition, so she didn't get into the choir.

auditionverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɔːˈdɪʃ.ən/ us /ɑːˈdɪʃ.ən/

(Definition of “audition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"audition" in American English

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auditionnoun [ C ]

us /ɔˈdɪʃ·ən/

a short performance given by an actor, dancer, musician, or other performer that tests whether that person's skills are suitable for a particular event or group:

The boyschoir held rigorous auditions before each new member was admitted.

auditionverb [ I/T ]

us /ɔˈdɪʃ·ən/

to give, watch, or listen to a short performance that tests whether a performer’s skills are suitable for a particular event or group:

[ I ] You’ll have to audition for the role.
[ T ] They auditioned 125 dancers before choosing ten.

(Definition of “audition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)