Definition of aural in English:



  • Relating to the ear or the sense of hearing.

    ‘information held in written, aural, or visual form’
    ‘aural anatomy’
    • ‘Whilst men generally rely on visual stimulation for their kicks, women prefer aural pleasure.’
    • ‘Another option is a digital aural thermometer that measures the temperature in the ear.’
    • ‘So the audience would have different visual experiences, but a shared aural experience.’
    • ‘It's true what they say about heightened aural perception when you're deprived of your other senses.’
    • ‘The day begins violently with the aural attack of The Alarm Clock.’
    • ‘I hope that will not be the last time I shall experience such aural enjoyment.’
    • ‘Without doubt, especially during training, aural and other forms of fine sensory feedback are needed.’
    • ‘Questions were geared both to general knowledge and to specific points requiring the use of visual and aural memory.’
    • ‘Sellers faced an even bigger hurdle: he was moving from an aural medium to a visual one.’
    • ‘A Sense of Place will create a fascinating aural impression of Oxfordshire.’
    • ‘By this stage it was obvious the concert was as much a visual as an aural treat.’
    • ‘A delightful film, it takes you on an aural and visual tour of a small rural community at the height of summer.’
    • ‘No performer, teacher, or leader of an ensemble could function properly without a high degree of aural perception.’
    • ‘Yet visual primacy is often at the cost of more effective aural forms of communication.’
    • ‘Cases of deafness were reported in medical journals, as well as aural cavity damage from the insertion of mini headphones.’


The words aural and oral have the same pronunciation in standard English, which is sometimes a source of confusion. A distinctive pronunciation for aural has been proposed, with the first syllable rhyming with cow, but it has not become standard


Mid 19th century: from Latin auris ‘ear’ + -al.