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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Synonyms for earshot


hail, hearing, sound

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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

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Abdel Rahman al Khatib, the chief of the municipality in which the camp is located, is always within earshot of the interviews, and residents appear keen to loudly broadcast their poor opinions of the armed groups opposing the government. Tamara Qiblawi, Frederik Pleitgen And Claudia Otto, CNN, "Children swap basement hideouts for rooftop playgrounds after escaping war," 5 Apr. 2018 As a result, Las Catalinas’ local shops neighbor private homes on pedestrian streets that meander through cobblestone plazas and under flowering balconies within earshot of rolling ocean waves. Nora Walsh, Vogue, "Eco Idyll: Las Catalinas, the Car-Free Costa Rica Town, Welcomes a New Hotel," 4 Apr. 2019 McKellen and Dench were still in earshot of the band, and began to dance around the empty space. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Ian McKellen Admits He and Judi Dench Were Up to No Good at Buckingham Palace During a Dinner with Queen Elizabeth," 14 Nov. 2018 In Oldham, a working-class town just north of Manchester, many residents were hesitant to talk about issues to do with Brexit or Trump, particularly in earshot of other people. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Despite anger in London, Trump finds support in England's pro-Brexit working-class towns," 12 July 2018 Maybe the chatter among farmers in the field, out of official earshot, is saltier. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "A Senate Barnburner in Farm Country," 7 Sep. 2018 Odds are, someone within earshot is hatching a plan to buy mansions and yachts as long as a city block. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "So many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinking," 23 Oct. 2018 The lab was not staffed Saturday night, so when a local alarm sounded on the tank at 5:06 p.m., alerting anyone within earshot that the temperature had risen to –156 degrees Celsius, no one heard it. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed," 1 Oct. 2018 In 2013, Coachella hosted a Britpop revival that featured a closing performance by Madchester kings Stone Roses -- but anyone in earshot will attest that the night belonged to Blur, who gave its first performance on U.S. soil since 2003. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Top 22 Coachella Performances Ever," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of earshot

1607, in the meaning defined above

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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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