General English


  • noun the flower head of a cereal plant such as wheat or maize where the grains develop

Cars & Driving

  • noun a projection in the shape of an ear, usually as a lug, but also as a spoiler behind the rear windows to improve stability in side winds


  • A small decorative or structural projecting member or part of a structure or piece.
  • A small metal projection on a pipe by which it can be nailed to a wall.


  • A tight cluster of seeds or grains at the top of a stalk as in wheat, rye, etc.


  • noun a space at the top left or right corner of the front page of a newspaper, set aside for advertising

Media Studies

  • noun a box in the top corner of the front page of a newspaper, used for advertising or a weather forecast


  • noun an organ on the side of the head which is used for hearing


  • noun the small space at the side of the masthead on a newspaper, used for advertising


  • acronym forestimated average requirement
    (written as EAR)


  • noun the amount of a particular nutrient that is estimated to be consumed per person per day by official bodies.

Origin & History of “ear”

Ear for hearing and ear of corn seem in some way to belong together, but in fact they are two quite distinct words etymologically. Ear for hearing (OE) is an ancient term that goes right back to the Indo-European roots of the language. Its ancestor is the base *aus-, whose underlying signification was perhaps ‘perception’ (a variant, *au-, produced Greek aisthánomai ‘perceive’). this lies behind the term for ‘ear’ in the majority of European languages: French oreille, e.g., Italian orecchio, Spanish oreja, Romanian ureche, Irish ó, Russian and polish ucho, and modern Greek autí. Its Germanic descendant, *auzon, produced German ohr, Dutch oor, Gothic ausō, Swedish öra, and English ear.

The etymological sense of ear of corn (OE) is ‘spike’ of corn. The word comes from a prehistoric Germanic *akhuz, which goes back ultimately to the Indo-European base *ak- ‘be pointed or sharp’ (ultimate source of English acid, acne, acute, eager, edge, and oxygen).