[ 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

Other words from auditory

  • au·di·to·ri·ly, au·di·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • post·au·di·to·ry, adjective
  • pre·au·di·to·ry, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for auditory


/ (ˈɔːdɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjectiveAlso: auditive (ˈɔːdɪtɪv)
  1. of or relating to hearing, the sense of hearing, or the organs of hearing

  1. an archaic word for audience, auditorium

Origin of auditory

C14: from Latin audītōrius relating to hearing, from audīre to hear

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Scientific definitions for auditory


[ ôdĭ-tôr′ē ]

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

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