ear·​shot | \ ˈir-ˌshät How to pronounce earshot (audio) \

Definition of earshot

: the range within which one may hear a person's unaided voice waited until he was out of earshot

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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 If anyone did, shame on them and shame on any fans seated nearby within earshot of what was being said without telling those doing the yelling to sit down, shut up or get out, informing security about the exchanges, at a minimum. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Make Vernon Maxwell wrong about the state of Utah," 23 Mar. 2021 Jessica was within earshot of Cassidy’s phone conversation with me, which was growing more emotional. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "How Politics Tested Ravelry and the Crafting Community," 22 Mar. 2021 The resulting phone call to Jolles to ask for his help put Bloom in the mood to announce the good news to every other friend within earshot. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, "Marc Maron Reacting to Rachel Bloom’s Pregnancy News Is Very Marc Maron," 19 Mar. 2021 Although the area is sparsely populated, with a handful of homes scattered hundreds of yards apart, most of the neighbors within earshot of the range have signed onto the lawsuit. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Range war on the prairie: Rural Minnesota residents fight gun range," 5 Mar. 2021 His wife, Sally, is a reverend who blesses our operation out of earshot. Heather E. Goodman, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘We ring in the spring together’: Sharing the secrets of maple sugaring," 22 Feb. 2021 But once a year, a soundtrack that reaches back decades and centuries chimes into earshot once more. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The 50 best Christmas songs of the last 50 years," 14 Dec. 2020 During the Great Plague of London in the mid-1600s, church bells tolled day and night, each peal announcing a single death to everyone within earshot. Katy Butler, WSJ, "Covid Is Reshaping Death. And Maybe Life.," 16 Dec. 2020 Some chose their words carefully when asked about their key issues, especially when others were in earshot. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live voting updates: Musicians bringing their craft to polling places," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of earshot

1607, in the meaning defined above

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2 Apr 2021

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“Earshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earshot. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of earshot

: the distance within which someone's voice can be heard


ear·​shot | \ ˈir-ˌshät How to pronounce earshot (audio) \

Kids Definition of earshot

: the range within which a person's voice can be heard

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