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
Recent Examples on the Web She’s buffeted by the performances around her, including Lindsay Duncan as her lifelong best friend, who gets one powerful monologue, as is required by law (or should be), while Neill’s presence bathes the atmosphere with an aura of calm decency. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Blackbird’ review: Susan Sarandon at center of story about grace in death," 16 Sep. 2020 This is an amazing body of work that paints this mythical aura around Jesse James while expressing the tortured soul within the coward Robert Ford. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "40 greatest film scores of all time," 6 Sep. 2020 Because even though his music is reggae, he's got an aura... Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Tricky: The U.K. Icon on His 14th Album, Black Lives Matter & Influencing Billie Eilish," 4 Sep. 2020 In recent years, the company has launched a series of innovative collaborations to infuse its product line with an aura of exclusivity and uniqueness. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Ikea promises ‘democratic’ design. Has its Virgil Abloh collaboration lived up?," 25 Aug. 2020 Melanin is a kind of aura that fades in reproduction. Namwali Serpell, Harper's Magazine, "The Work of Art," 18 Aug. 2020 No ammunition clip was visible in the weapon, suggesting that Lukashenko, who cultivates an aura of machismo, aimed only to make a show of aggression. Yuras Karmanau, The Christian Science Monitor, "Belarus protests continue. Why this isn't like Ukraine 2014," 23 Aug. 2020 The whale’s aura lies in its unique synthesis of ineffability and mammality. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, "What Have We Done to the Whale?," 17 Aug. 2020 Their ball, their mojo, their aura of invincibility. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Is Tiger running out of time in pursuit of Jack Nicklaus?," 8 Aug. 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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20 Sep 2020

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“Aura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aura. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for aura

aura

noun
How to pronounce aura (audio)

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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