Definition of aural in English:



  • Relating to the ear or the sense of hearing.

    ‘information held in written, aural, or visual form’
    ‘aural anatomy’
    • ‘Sellers faced an even bigger hurdle: he was moving from an aural medium to a visual one.’
    • ‘So the audience would have different visual experiences, but a shared aural experience.’
    • ‘By this stage it was obvious the concert was as much a visual as an aural treat.’
    • ‘Questions were geared both to general knowledge and to specific points requiring the use of visual and aural memory.’
    • ‘I hope that will not be the last time I shall experience such aural enjoyment.’
    • ‘Whilst men generally rely on visual stimulation for their kicks, women prefer aural pleasure.’
    • ‘Yet visual primacy is often at the cost of more effective aural forms of communication.’
    • ‘Another option is a digital aural thermometer that measures the temperature in the ear.’
    • ‘A Sense of Place will create a fascinating aural impression of Oxfordshire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The day begins violently with the aural attack of The Alarm Clock.’
    • ‘It's true what they say about heightened aural perception when you're deprived of your other senses.’
    • ‘Cases of deafness were reported in medical journals, as well as aural cavity damage from the insertion of mini headphones.’
    • ‘Without doubt, especially during training, aural and other forms of fine sensory feedback are needed.’


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.