[ klair-aw-dee-uh ns ]
/ klɛərˈɔ di əns /


the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead.

Origin of clairaudience

1860–65; clair(voyance) + audience (in sense “hearing”)

Related forms

clair·au·di·ent, noun, adjectiveclair·au·di·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clairaudience


/ (ˌklɛərˈɔːdɪəns) /


psychol the postulated ability to hear sounds beyond the range of normal hearingCompare clairvoyance

Derived Forms

clairaudient, adjective, noun

Word Origin for clairaudience

C19: from French clair clear + audience, after clairvoyance
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