Meaning of “ear” in the English Dictionary

"ear" in British English

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earnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪər/ us /ɪr/

(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 ]


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)