from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to hearing, or to the sense or organs of hearing
  • n. An assembly of hearers; an audience.
  • n. An auditorium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to hearing, or to the sense or organs of hearing. See ear.
  • n. An assembly of hearers; an audience.
  • n. An auditorium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to hearing or to the sense or organs of hearing: as, the auditory nerve.
  • Pertaining to an auditorium; designed for an audience: as, the auditory part of a theater.
  • n. An audience; an assembly of hearers, as in a church, lecture-room, theater, etc.
  • n. A place for hearing or for the accommodation of hearers; an auditorium; specifically, in a church, the nave, in which the hearers or congregation are assembled.
  • n. A bench on which a judge sits to hear causes.
  • n. A lecture-room; a philosophical school.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the process of hearing


Late Latin audītōrius, from Latin audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin audītōrius ("pertaining to hearing"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin audītōrium. (Wiktionary)


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