Meaning of “ear” in the English Dictionary

"ear" in British English

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earnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪər/ us /ɪr/

ear noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

A1 either of the two organs, one on each side of the head, by which people or animals hear sounds, or the piece of skin and tissue outside the head connected to this organ:

The hearing in my left ear's not so good.
She leaned over and whispered something in his ear.
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  • She leaned over and whispered something in his ear.
  • She's deaf in her left ear.
  • Some sounds cannot be detected by the human ear.
  • She dabbed a little perfume behind her ears.
  • I put my hands over my ears because I couldn't bear to listen.

(Definition of “ear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ear" in American English

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earnoun [ C ]

us /ɪər/

ear noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

either of the two organs in the head by which people or animals hear sounds, or the part of this organ that is outside the head

ear noun [ C ] (PLANT PART)

the top part of a grain plant, such as wheat, which contains the seeds:

an ear of corn

(Definition of “ear” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"EAR" in Business English

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EARnoun [ C ]

uk us BANKING, FINANCE

abbreviation for Effective Annual Rate: the rate of interest paid on an investment or a loan in one year that includes compound interest (= interest calculated on both the amount of money and the interest added to it):

The bank's overdraft rate is 0.94% (11.9% EAR).

(Definition of “EAR” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)