aura

noun
au·ra | \ ˈȯr-ə \

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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The stock dulled as the new business took longer than expected to launch, but regained its aura after Ambani announced the pricing for telecom services last year. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 Miranda, in the film version, is an ethereal blonde who waltzes into the wilderness as her acolytes follow, magnetized by her hazy aura. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 The artist-politician of the future will not bask in the antique aura of Wagner and Nietzsche. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 Migraines can follow a pattern that moves through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome (also called the migraine hangover), the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Much media about the LGBTQ community in New York City in the 80s has an aura of tragedy. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Pose's Ryan Jamaal Swain and the Radicalness of Being a Normal Teen," 19 June 2018 There was an ethereal, old-world aura to the space. Liza Weisstuch, New York Times, "The Whisky Chronicles," 23 Apr. 2018 There has been an aura of white feminism that doesn’t feel intersectional. San Francisco Chronicle, "Lingering thoughts from the recent Women’s March," 2 Mar. 2018 There is something about market pessimism that endows bears with an aura of wisdom that is not always deserved. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 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 \

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 \
plural auras also aurae\ \

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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