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
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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earshot was in 1607

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“Earshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earshot. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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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

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