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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Camp within earshot of Havasu Falls and hoof back to your car at sunup. Robert Earle Howells, National Geographic, "Discover the Grand Canyon's less-trafficked trails," 12 June 2019 In a divorce file bristling with 400 motions, Fotis Dulos and Jennifer Dulos traded allegations, each accusing the other of defying judge’s orders, of threatening to harm or kill each other within earshot of the children. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Before being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage," 9 June 2019 His cell was within earshot of others incarcerated in the same conditions. Emily Lane, nola.com, "Fox Searchlight planning film based on New Orleans man’s decades in solitary at Angola: report," 6 June 2019 There were two different families speaking two different languages both within earshot of my table at Sister’s Bean Coffee House at 5225 New Cut Road in the Iroquois area. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A Day in the Neighborhood: Iroquois is an international smorgasbord of community," 6 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of earshot

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earshot was in 1607

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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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