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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Paul Culos brings an aura of seasoned wisdom as the Skin Horse, who doubles as narrator. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: A heart-tugging ‘Rabbit’ on SCR stage," 3 June 2019 John [Langs] creates such an aura of work and creativity and trust. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "Actor Daniel Gerroll on performing with Prince Charles and his upcoming role at Seattle’s ACT Theatre," 4 Sep. 2018 Backbone can, however, also please those with no dietary restrictions at all, thanks to food with integrity and its welcoming, open-to-all aura. Kate Washington, sacbee, "With a Burning Man vibe, Backbone Café taps into the current 'clean-eating' craze," 27 Apr. 2018 This has only added to the wide-open aura of the primary. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Buoyed by anti-Trump wave, 13 Democrats chase open Third District seat," 27 Apr. 2018 While most psychotherapists create an aura of emotional safety for their clients, some are anxious to knock down the psychological doors. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's OK to go slow when pursuing emotional intimacy," 26 Apr. 2018 The Tribune and its suburban newspapers will still be produced for great readers like you (thank you very much!) and the spirit of the people who really create the aura of what creates a great place over time is still going strong. Eric Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A final farewell to Chicago Tribune's longtime home," 29 Mar. 2018 It's believed to help cleanse auras and crystals, and is often used to bless objects for protection and luck. refinery29.com, "What You Need To Know About The Spiritual Tool Solange Brought To The Met Gala," 8 May 2018 To critics, that aura is of a piece with his program. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "France’s Macron Defends His Business-Friendly Stance," 9 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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The first known use of aura was in 1686

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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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