a (good/great/nice) turnout

The "turnout" to an event means the number of people that come to it. Here are some examples:

Are you coming tonight? We're expecting a decent turnout.

Voter turnout for the last election was the highest it's been since the mid-'60s.

You can use "turnout" to refer to the number of people who come to:

  • a conference
  • an election
  • a charity event

But you wouldn't talk about how many people came to work or to a regular class with the word "turnout". For things that happen regularly like that, you'd talk about "attendance" instead:

Attendance has been down for the past couple of weeks because of that flu that's been going around.

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