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pertaining to an aura; pertaining to the ear or the sense of hearing
Not to be confused with:
oral – spoken: an oral history; an oral exam; pertaining to the mouth: the oral cavity
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au·ral 1

Of, relating to, or perceived by the ear.

[From Latin auris, ear; see ous- in Indo-European roots.]

au′ral·ly adv.

au·ral 2

Characterized by or relating to an aura.
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(Physiology) of or relating to the sense or organs of hearing; auricular
[C19: from Latin auris ear]
ˈaurally adv


1. (Alternative Belief Systems) of or relating to an aura
2. (Pathology) of or relating to an aura
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(ˈɔr əl)

of or pertaining to an aura.


(ˈɔr əl)

of or pertaining to the ear or to the sense of hearing.
[1840–50; < Latin aur(is) ear1 + -al1]
au′ral•ly, adv.
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1. 'aural'

Aural means 'relating to your ears and your sense of hearing'. Aural is pronounced /'ɔːrəl/ or /'aʊrəl/.

I have used written and aural material.
2. 'oral'

Oral means 'relating to your mouth'. It also describes things that involve speaking rather than writing. Oral is pronounced /'ɔːrəl/. oral test in German.

Both aural and oral are fairly formal words. They are used mainly to talk about teaching methods and examinations.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aural - of or pertaining to hearing or the earaural - of or pertaining to hearing or the ear; "an animal with a very sensitive aural apparatus"
2.aural - relating to or characterized by an auraaural - relating to or characterized by an aura; "various aural effects that precede a migraine headache"
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heyrnar-, eyrna-


[ˈɔːrəl] ADJdel oído
aural examexamen m de comprensión oral
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[ˈɔːrəl] adj
(at school) [comprehension, test] → oral(e)
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adjGehör-, aural (spec); aural senseGehörsinn m; aural examinationHörtest m
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(ˈoːrəl) adjective
of the ear or hearing. an aural test.
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, auricular
a. aural, auricular.
1. rel. al sentido del oído;
2. rel. a una aurícula del corazón.
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