auricular

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin auriculāris, from auricula (the external ear; the ear) +‎ -āris (-ar, adjectival suffix); equivalent to auricle +‎ -ar. Doublet of auricularis.

The finger is so called because it can be readily introduced into the ear passage.

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auricular (not comparable)

  1. (relational) Of or pertaining to the ear.
    Synonym: otic
    • 1780, Kane O'Hara, “Address to the Audience by Punch, on the Opening of the Microcosm”, in Songs in the Comic Opera of Tom Thumb the Great[1], Dublin: Arthur Grueber, page vi:
      [] our performances are pastimes jocular,
      To please the auricular organ and the ocular.
    1. (anatomy, relational) Of or pertaining to the sense of hearing.
      Synonyms: auditory, aural
      The auricular nerves were damaged.
    2. Told to the ear; told privately.
      auricular confession to the priest
    3. Recognized by the ear; understood by the sense of hearing.
      auricular evidence
      • c. 1603–1606, [William Shakespeare], [] His True Chronicle Historie of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters. [] (First Quarto), London: [] Nathaniel Butter, [], published 1608, OCLC 54196469, [Act I, scene ii]:
        [] I will place you where you shall hear us confer of this and by an auricular assurance have your satisfaction, []
      • 1605, Francis Bacon, The Tvvoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the proficience and aduancement of Learning, diuine and humane. To the King.[2], volume 1, London: Henry Tomes, page 22:
        [] in the practises [astrology, natural magic and alchemy] are full of Errour and vanitie; which the great Professors themselues haue sought to vaile ouer and conceale by enigmaticall writings, and referring themselues to auricular traditions, and such other deuises, to saue the credite of Impostures; []
  2. (anatomy, relational) Pertaining to the auricles of the heart.
  3. (art, relational) Pertaining to a style of ornamental decoration, originating in Northern Europe in the first half of the 17th century, that uses softly flowing abstract shapes in relief some of which bear a resemblance to the human ear; commonly used in silverware, picture frames, and architecture.

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Noun[edit]

auricular (plural auriculars)

  1. The little finger, the outermost and smallest finger of the hand.
    Synonyms: ear finger, fourth finger, little finger, mercurial finger, pinkie
    • 1659, Richard Lovelace, “A Fly about a Glasse of Burnt Claret”, in Lucasta posthume poems of Richard Lovelace[3], London: Clement Darby, page 38:
      Yet see! my glad Auricular
      Redeems thee (though dissolv’d) a Star, []
  2. (humorous) The ear.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin auriculāris.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

 

  • Hyphenation: au‧ri‧cu‧lar

Adjective[edit]

auricular m or f (plural auriculares, not comparable)

  1. (relational) ear; auricular
  2. (relational) hearing; auricular
  3. (relational) auricle; auricular

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Noun[edit]

auricular m (plural auriculares)

  1. (Portugal) earphone, earpiece
    Synonyms: fone, (Brazil) fone de ouvido

References[edit]

  1. ^ auricular” in Dicionário infopédia da Língua Portuguesa. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2022.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French auriculaire.

Adjective[edit]

auricular m or n (feminine singular auriculară, masculine plural auriculari, feminine and neuter plural auriculare)

  1. auricular

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Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Earphones
Handset

Etymology[edit]

From Latin auriculāris.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /auɾikuˈlaɾ/, [au̯.ɾi.kuˈlaɾ]

Adjective[edit]

auricular (plural auriculares)

  1. (relational) ear; auricular
  2. (relational) hearing; auricular

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Noun[edit]

auricular m (plural auriculares)

  1. (used in plural) earphones (a pair of small loudspeakers worn inside each outer ear or covering all or part of the ear, without a connecting band worn over head.)
  2. handset, earpiece, receiver (any of several electronic devices that receive signals and convert them into sound)
    Antonym: altavoz
  3. auricular (finger)
    Synonym: meñique

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