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

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 Its aura has grown ever more powerful as the story around it has cohered. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 Yet part of the enchantment of her aura is that of an ordinary person assuming the mystique of royalty. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Except for editor-in-chief Tony Quiroga who, through the sheer majesty of his aura, imparts his voice directly onto the Internet without the intermediary of a computer. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 22 Apr. 2022 Gleeson placed them third on his list, expecting point guard R.J. Davis to return and projecting that some top-tier transfers will gravitate toward the program that continued its aura of superiority through the change in coaching leadership. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 With a colorless prime minister in Jean Castex — Mr. Macron has tended to be wary of anyone who might impinge on his aura — there have been few other compelling political figures able to carry the president’s campaign in his absence. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Shyamalan, a millennial Rod Serling in love with corkscrew endings, relies on Willis’s established aura of invincibility to cleverly protect the film’s big twist: that Crowe has actually been dead since the film’s opening confrontation. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2022 But the movies, and the aura that surrounded them, were much different then. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 Many programs are rising, and the overpowering aura of UConn no longer has teams feeling beaten before a game starts. Dom Amore,, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Aura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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 an aura of dignity


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

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