au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio) \

Definition of aural

: of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing visual and aural sensations

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from aural

aurality \ ȯ-​ˈra-​lə-​tē How to pronounce aurality (audio) \ noun
aurally \ ˈȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce aurally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for aural


acoustic (or acoustical), audial, audile, auditory, auricular



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of aural in a Sentence

a quiet room for people seeking relief from the overload of aural stimulus just outside

Recent Examples on the Web

An aural health monitor that listens for dangerously high noise levels – without recording anything, Maps. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Apple backs up privacy chest-beating with critical new feature," 4 June 2019 It stores at least two hours of conversation between the pilot and co-pilot as well as any ambient noise, such as aural warnings produced by the plane. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Lion Air Crash: Divers Recover Jetliner’s Black Box," 1 Nov. 2018 Even better, the keys slightly animate, vibrate, and sound when tapped, giving visual, tactile, and aural feedback that they were depressed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's dual-display Yoga Book C930 boasts a bigger screen and better 'keyboard'," 30 Aug. 2018 But the assault on our aural tolerances was seriously arresting. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Like a Rolling Christmas Stone," 14 Dec. 2018 With little time to identify and enjoy the nuances of your creation, the aural component is mostly irrelevant. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "DropMix review: Unleash your inner DJ," 26 May 2018 The hot water sloshes down my ear canal like an aural Neti Pot. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Noise-Blocking Plugs That Custom-Fit Your Ears," 19 Oct. 2018 The sounds and sensations in Cuba, and now China, have been variously attributed to sophisticated electronic eavesdropping efforts or a form of aural harassment, with some pointing fingers at Russia or China. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "More Americans Evacuated From China Over Mysterious Ailments," 30 June 2018 Every team’s hospitality suite is positioned immediately above its garage, giving well-off fans (and stray journalists like me) the best aural and olfactory experience of the race, if not the best viewing angle. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "In Formula 1, you have to be amazing just to be average," 26 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aural.' 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 aural

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aural

Latin auris ear — more at ear

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aural

Dictionary Entries near aural





aural harmonic



Statistics for aural

Last Updated

8 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for aural

The first known use of aural was in 1773

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for aural



English Language Learners Definition of aural

: relating to the ear or sense of hearing


au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio) \

Kids Definition of aural

: of or relating to the ear or sense of hearing

Other Words from aural

aurally adverb


au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio) \

Medical Definition of aural

: of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing

Other Words from aural

aurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce aurally (audio) \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on aural

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with aural

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for aural

Spanish Central: Translation of aural

Nglish: Translation of aural for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of aural for Arabic Speakers

Comments on aural

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


standardized text or formulaic language

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.

Bee Cubed

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!