1590s, "power of hearing," from Middle French audicion "hearing (in a court of law)," from Latin auditionem (nominative auditio) "a hearing, listening to," noun of action from past participle stem of audire "hear" (see audience). Meaning "trial for a performer" first recorded 1881.
1. She wrote to Paramount Studios and asked if they would audition her.
2. I heard your record and I want you to come and audition.
3. Apparently he made a mess of his audition.
4. The audition was attended by a score of young hopefuls.
5. After failing a singing audition at the Metro-politan Opera, she turned to musical comedy.