Variant of ear
- the part of the body specialized for the perception of sound; organ of hearing: the human ear consists of the external ear, the middle ear (tympanum), and the inner ear (labyrinth), which also senses one's state of equilibrium
- the visible, external part of the ear
- the sense of hearing
- the ability to recognize slight differences in sound, esp. in the pitch, rhythm, etc. of musical tones
- anything shaped or placed like an ear, as the handle of a pitcher or a small box in the upper corner of a newspaper page
Origin: Middle English ere ; from Old English ēare akin to Gothic ausō, German ohr ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ous-, ear from source Classical Latin auris, Classical Greek ous, Old Irish au
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