auricular

adjective

au·​ric·​u·​lar ȯ-ˈri-kyə-lər How to pronounce auricular (audio)
1
: told privately
an auricular confession
2
: understood or recognized by the sense of hearing
3
: of, relating to, or using the ear or the sense of hearing
auricular therapy
4
: of or relating to an auricle
auricular tachycardia

Examples of auricular in a Sentence

had auricular proof that the sun was up, as the birds began chirping
Recent Examples on the Web Some people can control their auricular muscles to move the ear slightly but to a noticeable extent, an ability that seems to have a genetic basis. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2017 A 2015 study in the journal Psychophysiology reviewed past research on the auricular nerves and found indications that the system could have been adapted to respond to sounds. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of auricular was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Auricular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auricular. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

auricular

adjective
au·​ric·​u·​lar ȯ-ˈrik-yə-lər How to pronounce auricular (audio)
1
: of or relating to the ear or the sense of hearing
2
: told privately
auricular confession
3
: learned or recognized through the sense of hearing
4
: of or relating to an auricle

Medical Definition

auricular

adjective
au·​ric·​u·​lar ȯ-ˈrik-yə-lər How to pronounce auricular (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or using the ear or the sense of hearing
2
: understood or recognized by the sense of hearing
3
: of or relating to an auricle or auricular appendage
auricular fibrillation
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