Definition of aural in US English:



  • Relating to the ear or the sense of hearing.

    ‘information held in written, aural, or database form’
    ‘aural anatomy’
    • ‘No performer, teacher, or leader of an ensemble could function properly without a high degree of aural perception.’
    • ‘Sellers faced an even bigger hurdle: he was moving from an aural medium to a visual one.’
    • ‘Yet visual primacy is often at the cost of more effective aural forms of communication.’
    • ‘So the audience would have different visual experiences, but a shared aural experience.’
    • ‘Another option is a digital aural thermometer that measures the temperature in the ear.’
    • ‘A delightful film, it takes you on an aural and visual tour of a small rural community at the height of summer.’
    • ‘Questions were geared both to general knowledge and to specific points requiring the use of visual and aural memory.’
    • ‘The day begins violently with the aural attack of The Alarm Clock.’
    • ‘A Sense of Place will create a fascinating aural impression of Oxfordshire.’
    • ‘Whilst men generally rely on visual stimulation for their kicks, women prefer aural pleasure.’
    • ‘It's true what they say about heightened aural perception when you're deprived of your other senses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By this stage it was obvious the concert was as much a visual as an aural treat.’
    • ‘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.