au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl \

Definition of aural

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

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Other Words from aural

aurality \ ȯ-​ˈra-​lə-​tē \ noun
aurally \ ˈȯr-​ə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for aural


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



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Examples of aural in a Sentence

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

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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 Still others flee at parades, spooked by the aural nightmare of musket fire and sirens and marching bands. Billy Baker,, "Summer fireworks season is peak time for runaway dogs," 7 July 2018 Where Monster offered lyrical aggression undergirded by musical darkness, Beast Mode and its sequel present a more fluid aural and emotional landscape. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 Decoding messages — linguistic as well as visual, aural, tactile, etc. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of aural

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aural

Latin auris ear — more at ear

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English Language Learners Definition of aural

: relating to the ear or sense of hearing


au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl \

Kids Definition of aural

: of or relating to the ear or sense of hearing

Other Words from aural

aurally adverb


au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl \

Medical Definition of aural

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

Other Words from aural

aurally \ -​ə-​lē \ adverb

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