Definition of aura
1a : a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source The place had an aura of mystery.b : a subtle sensory stimulus (such as an aroma)
3 : an energy field that is held to emanate from a living being
4 : a luminous radiation : nimbus
Examples of aura in a Sentence
the monastery perched high on a mountaintop had an aura of unreality and mystery about it
alternative medical treatments that rely on the practitioner's ability to detect a patient's aura
Recent Examples of aura from the Web
Since taking office, President Xi Jinping has cultivated an aura of austere probity and stern control.
Walkoff win after walkoff win created an aura suggesting the playoffs were destiny.
No mustache-twirling villain, this Claudius exudes an aura of ambivalence.
Andrea Scott walks Downtown — or any place — with an aura of confidence and self-assurance.
At one point, the lasers projected an aura around the guitarist, who was dressed in a brilliant white silk suit adorned with poppy flowers, dragons, and birds.
Aspinal of London partnered with color psychologist Karen Haller to read top stars’ Instagram auras.
They are usually preceded by something called an 'aura', a sort of minor foreshock lasting anything up to a couple of minutes before the main event begins.
Other boys respected his I’ll-go-crazy-on-your-ass aura, maintained through spontaneous outbursts of kicking, shouting, and cursing.
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Origin and Etymology of aura
Middle English, from Latin, puff of air, breeze, from Greek; probably akin to Greek aēr air
First Known Use: 1686See Words from the same year
AURA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aura for English Language Learners
: a special quality or feeling that seems to come from a person, place, or thing
AURA Defined for Kids
Definition of aura for Students
: a feeling that seems to be given off by a person or thing There is an aura of mystery about the house.
Medical Definition of aura
: a subjective sensation (as of voices or colored lights or crawling and numbness) experienced at the onset of a neurological condition and especially a migraine or epileptic seizure About 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience an aura as the first symptom of an attack. The aura may be a pulsing star of light, or a dance of geometric forms across the visual field, sometimes turning into hallucinations …—Natalie Angier, The New York Times, 14 Sept. 1993 The migraine aura, which consists of episodes of well-defined, transient, focal neurologic dysfunction, develops over the course of more than 4 minutes and usually lasts no more than 60 minutes.—Sid Gilman, The New England Journal of Medicine, 11 June 1992 The aura is due to electrical activity originating from the seizure focus and thus represents the earliest manifestations of a partial seizure.—Gary L. Westbrook, in Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition, 2000
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