[ aw-di-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee- ]
/ ˈɔ dɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. auditioner,
  2. auditive,
  3. auditor,
  4. auditor general,
  5. auditorium,
  6. auditory aphasia,
  7. auditory area,
  8. auditory brainstem response audiometry,
  9. auditory canal,
  10. auditory cartilage

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

Word Origin for auditory

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for auditory


[ ôdĭ-tôr′ē ]


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

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Science definitions for auditory


[ ôdĭ-tôr′ē ]

Relating to or involving the organs or sense of hearing.
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