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), 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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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 The results may puzzle some traditional jazz fans, while delighting listeners craving aural adventures that defy easy categorization. George Varga,, "Norweigan drum ace Thomas Strønen to play La Jolla debut with genre-leaping Time Is A Blind Guide," 16 June 2018 Apparent influences also include commercial graphic design, the flat and patterned color of Peruvian painter (and occasional muralist) Josué Sánchez Cerron and the aural syncopation of folk and popular music. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 But the music of the cosmos creates a unique experience that gives an aural dimension to space exploration. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Pianist Plays a Duet With a Binary Star," 10 Aug. 2015

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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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