ear·​shot ˈir-ˌshät How to pronounce earshot (audio)
: the range within which one may hear a person's unaided voice
waited until he was out of earshot

Examples of earshot in a Sentence

They were within earshot of each other. babysitters should remain within earshot of young children
Recent Examples on the Web Josué, ever talkative, told anyone within earshot that they were headed to New York to see Times Square, or las pantallas: the screens. Luis Ferré-Sadurní, New York Times, 8 July 2024 Across South Tampa, civilians within earshot of the base’s 13 speakers stop moving, too. Christopher Spata, Orlando Sentinel, 4 July 2024 Woodpeckers pecked the gray siding outside, birds chirped within earshot of every bedroom. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 16 May 2024 Listeners in earshot of these stations and radio networks can tune in as follows. Vox Staff, Vox, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for earshot 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'earshot.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earshot was in 1607

Dictionary Entries Near earshot

Cite this Entry

“Earshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earshot. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ear·​shot -ˌshät How to pronounce earshot (audio)
: the range within which a person can hear another's unaided voice
waited until he was out of earshot

More from Merriam-Webster on earshot

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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