aura

noun
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

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As much as Curt Schilling wanted to deny it, a visit from the Yankees used to inspire mystique and aura. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "In losing to top teams, Phillies hope to learn lessons for success | Extra Innings," 26 June 2018 Originally known as China KO, the restaurant now has a completely different menu and aura, employees said. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Business Roundups: Hippo Burger plans second location in Atascocita," 29 Mar. 2018 What remains the same is his signature hypnagogic melodies and cassette-like lo-fi aura. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink, Hamilton Leithauser," 24 Oct. 2017 For many fans, that timing imbued the mural with an almost mystical aura. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "In San Antonio, the Spurs are like family," 21 Apr. 2018 Some residents posted video of the aura on Twitter, asking what had transpired. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Why Was the Light That Flooded New York City’s Sky So Blue?," 28 Dec. 2018 Soon, coconut oil took on the aura of woo-woo common in today’s wellness spaces. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How coconut oil went from health food to “poison”," 23 Aug. 2018 Wavy lights are the classic manifestation, but there are many other aura symptoms. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Their aura of secrecy—mandated by Venetian law, which forbade any exterior sign for Jewish houses of worship—made them seem all the more precious. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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aura

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aura

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

aura

noun
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.

aura

noun
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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