[ aw-di-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee- ]
/ ˈɔ dɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i- /
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Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to hearing, to the sense of hearing, or to the organs of hearing.
perceived through or resulting from the sense of hearing: auditory hallucinations.

noun, plural au·di·to·ries.Archaic.

an assembly of hearers; audience.
an auditorium, especially the nave of a church.



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Origin of auditory

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin audītōrius relating to hearing. See auditor, -tory1
au·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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British Dictionary definitions for auditory

/ (ˈɔːdɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective Also: auditive (ˈɔːdɪtɪv)

of or relating to hearing, the sense of hearing, or the organs of hearing


an archaic word for audience, auditorium
C14: from Latin audītōrius relating to hearing, from audīre to hear
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Medical definitions for auditory

[ ôdĭ-tôr′ē ]


Of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for auditory

[ ôdĭ-tôr′ē ]

Relating to or involving the organs or sense of hearing.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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