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[aw-di-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee-]
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  1. Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to hearing, to the sense of hearing, or to the organs of hearing.
  2. perceived through or resulting from the sense of hearing: auditory hallucinations.
noun, plural au·di·to·ries. Archaic.
  1. an assembly of hearers; audience.
  2. an auditorium, especially the nave of a church.

Origin of auditory

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin audītōrius relating to hearing. See auditor, -tory1
Related formsau·di·to·ri·ly, au·di·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpost·au·di·to·ry, adjectivepre·au·di·to·ry, adjective
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adjective Also: auditive (ˈɔːdɪtɪv)
  1. of or relating to hearing, the sense of hearing, or the organs of hearing
  1. an archaic word for audience, auditorium

Word Origin

C14: from Latin audītōrius relating to hearing, from audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for auditory


1570s, from Latin auditorius "pertaining to hearing," from auditor "hearer" (see auditor).

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auditory in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing.
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auditory in Science


  1. Relating to or involving the organs or sense of hearing.
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