au·​ra | \ ˈȯr-ə How to pronounce aura (audio) \

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)
2 medical : a subjective (see subjective entry 1 sense 4b) sensation (as of voices, colored lights, or crawling and numbness) experienced at the onset of a neurological condition and especially a migraine or epileptic seizure
3 : an energy field that is held to emanate from a living being
4 : a luminous radiation : nimbus

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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 on the Web Jordan's aura from that Bulls era changed the game for the generation to come. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Tracing Michael Jordan's 10 biggest life feats over 20-plus years since 'The Last Dance' era," 15 May 2020 In children, auras might produce altered perceptions of size and color that appear in Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome. Emily Sohn, New York Times, "Yes, Kids Can Get Migraines. Here Are the Signs.," 14 May 2020 By referencing real-life Klan rituals and customs, the show's producers were able to strip away the racist organization's aura of mystery and reveal them as silly bigots; the Klan's recruitment numbers suffered grievously as a result. Christian Holub,, "Gene Luen Yang discusses Superman's battle against the KKK in new graphic novel," 13 May 2020 The aura around the club's players and staff was noticeably improved on Thursday compared to a Sunday match against Nashville SC in which the players showed in their performance they were bothered by the Jans situation. Pat Brennan,, "The MLS Preseason is winding down, but FC Cincinnati is staying busy," 20 Feb. 2020 There is a certain aura of protection around the royal family. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Exit Could Trigger "Open Season" With Media," 9 Jan. 2020 For Sanders, this could be his final shot to puncture Biden’s aura of inevitability, and to persuade Democrats to view him as a viable alternative. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Biden-Sanders debate in age of pandemic: high anxiety and lots of contrast with Trump on coronavirus," 15 Mar. 2020 Keeping energy and an aura of authority is essential. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden path to nomination rests on avoiding Clinton's 2016 war with Sanders," 4 Mar. 2020 The aura of invincibility was not quite shattered — the autocrat had survived long enough to see those who revolted against him imprisoned, killed or forced to flee. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Mubarak’s Three-Decade Rule Is Brushed Aside in War-Hero Burial," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of aura

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for aura

Middle English, from Latin, puff of air, breeze, from Greek; probably akin to Greek aēr air

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23 May 2020

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“Aura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aura

: a special quality or feeling that seems to come from a person, place, or thing


au·​ra | \ ˈȯr-ə How to pronounce aura (audio) \

Kids Definition of aura

: a feeling that seems to be given off by a person or thing There is an aura of mystery about the house.


au·​ra | \ ˈȯr-ə How to pronounce aura (audio) \
plural auras also aurae\ -​ē How to pronounce aurae (audio) \

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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