au·​dio·​vi·​su·​al | \ ˌȯ-dē-(ˌ)ō-ˈvi-zhə-wəl How to pronounce audiovisual (audio) , -zhəl, -zhü(-ə)l\

Definition of audiovisual

1 : designed to aid in learning or teaching by making use of both hearing and sight
2 : of or relating to both hearing and sight

Examples of audiovisual in a Sentence

The school will buy new audiovisual equipment.

Recent Examples on the Web

While many more school classes come now than in the past, there is little to guide them — no docents or audio-guides, and scant audiovisual aids. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’," 9 June 2019 On Friday, Tarrant is expected to issue his plea through lawyers and will not attend the hearing at Christchurch’s High Court, appearing via audiovisual link from Paremoremo prison in Auckland. Washington Post, "New Zealand mosque massacre suspect first to face country’s anti-terrorism laws," 9 June 2019 Troconis' Thursday meeting with state police and State's Attorney Richard Colangelo lasted about three hours, and four police officers went to her attorney's office carrying audiovisual recording equipment, according to WCBS. Jean Casarez, CNN, "Mother of five's disappearance is 'too close to home' for shocked Connecticut community," 7 June 2019 The event will once again offer music lovers a multi-sensory experience with state-of-the-art audiovisual production and lighting, as well as performances from legendary electronic music acts. Billboard Radio China, Billboard, "David Guetta, Axwell & Ingrosso to Headline Road to Ultra Hong Kong 2018," 15 May 2018 Despite Lumines’ audiovisual pyrotechnics, minimalism was a key principle from the beginning of its gameplay design. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Tetsuya Mizuguchi on the creation of puzzle classic Lumines and its new remaster," 13 July 2018 Julia Buckingham Founder, Buckingham Interiors + Design, Chicago Do take advantage of the latest technology in electrical systems, audiovisual, and mechanicals. Barbara Ballinger,, "Chicago designers offer do's and dont's for functional kitchens," 2 July 2018 What magic, what art, what audiovisual cues force people who can ignore police violence, for example, to open themselves up to it? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Do You Measure a Country?," 1 July 2018 The interior would be renovated with new and moveable walls, new flooring, lighting, cabinetry, audiovisual enhancements, furnishings, fixtures and equipment, according to the city. Karen Berkowitz,, "Highland Park looks for less costly library, senior center options," 12 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'audiovisual.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of audiovisual

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for audiovisual

audio- + visual entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about audiovisual

Statistics for audiovisual

Last Updated

14 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for audiovisual

The first known use of audiovisual was in 1902

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for audiovisual


au·​dio·​vi·​su·​al | \ ˌȯ-dē-ō-ˈvi-zhə-wəl How to pronounce audiovisual (audio) \

Kids Definition of audiovisual

: of, relating to, or using both sound and sight audiovisual teaching aids


au·​dio·​vi·​su·​al | \ ˌȯd-ē-(ˌ)ō-ˈvizh(-ə)-wəl, -ˈvizh-əl How to pronounce audiovisual (audio) \

Medical Definition of audiovisual

: of, relating to, or involving both hearing and sight

More from Merriam-Webster on audiovisual

Spanish Central: Translation of audiovisual

Nglish: Translation of audiovisual for Spanish Speakers

Comments on audiovisual

What made you want to look up audiovisual? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!