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Audiences

audience

noun

a group of people who have come to a place to see or hear a film, performance, speech etc. The people who watch a sports match or other large event are usually called spectators or the crowd. Audience can be followed by a singular or plural verb

box office

noun

used for referring to the number of tickets a film, play, or performer has sold in order to show how successful they are

captive audience

noun

a group of people who must listen to what someone is saying because they cannot leave

concertgoer

noun

someone who goes to a concert, usually of classical music, especially someone who does this regularly

floor

noun

the audience at a public discussion or debate

full house

noun

a situation in which every seat in a building, for example a theatre or sports stadium, has someone sitting in it

the gate

noun

the number of people who go to see a sports event or other entertainment

house

noun

the audience in a theatre, cinema, concert hall etc

Mexican wave

noun

an occasion when people watching a sports event stand up and sit down in groups, so that their movements look like a large wave moving through the crowd.

mosh pit

noun

at a rock concert, an area in front of the stage where people in the audience can mosh

pitch invasion

noun

an occasion when a crowd of people who are watching a match run onto the pitch

seat

noun

a seat as a passenger on a plane, bus etc or as a member of the audience in a theatre, which you pay for in order to use

spectator

noun

someone who watches a public activity or event, especially a sports event

take in

to go to an entertainment or sport

target

noun

someone that you are trying to get as a customer or audience

theatregoer

noun

someone who regularly goes to the theatre

turnout

noun

the number of people who come to an event

bums on seats

the idea that it is important to have a lot of people going to an event or performance, for example so that you will make more money or it will seem more impressive

ladies and gentlemen

used as a formal way of addressing an audience of men and women

someone’s public

the people who watch a particular performer, read books by a particular writer etc

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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