of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Physiology. noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in sensation, as a nerve.

Also sen·so·ri·al [sen-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /sɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/.

Origin of sensory

First recorded in 1620–30; sense + -ory1
Related formsin·ter·sen·so·ry, adjectivemul·ti·sen·so·ry, adjectivenon·sen·so·ri·al, adjectivenon·sen·so·ry, adjectiveun·sen·so·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multi-sensory

Contemporary Examples of multi-sensory

  • Though lots of hallucinations are not multi-sensory, just one sense at a time.

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    Noah Charney

    December 19, 2012

  • The key to effective smelling, we were told, was multi-sensory coordination: vision, taste and smell all work together.

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    Confessions of a Shrimp Sniffer

    Bill Mahan

    July 11, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for multi-sensory


less commonly sensorial (sɛnˈsɔːrɪəl)


of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
of or relating to those processes and structures within an organism that receive stimuli from the environment and convey them to the brain

Word Origin for sensory

C18: from Latin sensōrius, from sentīre to feel
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Word Origin and History for multi-sensory



1749, "pertaining to sense or sensation," from Latin sensorius, from sensus, past participle of sentire "to perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

multi-sensory in Medicine




Of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Transmitting impulses from sense organs to nerve centers; afferent.
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multi-sensory in Science



Involving the sense organs or the nerves that relay messages from them. Compare motor.
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