noun au·ra \ˈȯr-ə\

Definition of aura

  1. 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. 2 medical :  a subjective (see 1subjective 4b) sensation (as of lights) experienced before an attack of some disorders (such as epilepsy or a migraine)

  3. 3 :  an energy field that is held to emanate from a living being

  4. 4 :  a luminous radiation :  nimbus

Examples of aura in a Sentence

  1. the monastery perched high on a mountaintop had an aura of unreality and mystery about it

  2. alternative medical treatments that rely on the practitioner's ability to detect a patient's aura

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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

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


noun au·ra \ˈȯr-ə\

Definition of aura for Students

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

Medical Dictionary


noun au·ra \ˈȯr-ə\

Medical Definition of aura





  1. :  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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