Of or pertaining to the ear or even the sense of hearing as auricular nerves
- of or relating to nearby the ear
- associated with or observed by or formed such as the organ of hearing
- related to an auricle of the heart
- Of or regarding the ear, or even to the sense of hearing; because, auricular nerves.
- informed into the ear, i. e., told privately; as, auricular confession towards the priest.
- acknowledged by the ear; understood because of the sense of hearing; as, auricular proof.
- Received because of the ear; understood by report.
- with respect to the auricles of this heart.
Of or pertaining to the external ear, or to another thing that is ear-shaped, including the atrium associated with heart.
1540s, "auditory" (originally of confessions), from Medieval Latin auricularis, from Latin auricula (see auricle). Meaning "pertaining to the ear" is from 1640s.
(a.) Of or with respect to the ear, or even to the sense of hearing; as, auricular nerves.
- (a.) Told in the ear, i. e., told privately; as, auricular confession towards the priest.
- (a.) Recognized by the ear; known because of the sense of hearing; since, auricular evidence.
- (a.) obtained by the ear; understood by report.
- (a.) with respect to the auricles of the heart.
Among the Lutherans auricular confession survived the Reformation, but the general confession and absolution before communion were soon allowed by authority to serve as a substitute; in Wurttemberg as early as the 16th century, in Saxony after 1657, and in Brandenburg by decree of the elector in 1698.