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 Instead, this hearing was all about puncturing the aura of these CEOs and their companies, in the spirit of discontent with Big Tech. Steven Levy, Wired, "Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization," 31 July 2020 America must also stare down its aura of exceptionalism, which Castañeda compares to hypocrisy. Alfredo Corchado, Washington Post, "What’s gone wrong in America? An outsider explains.," 3 July 2020 So here comes the new guy, plucked from a successful franchise, wrapped in a winning aura. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons have impressive new GM but should you trust Tom Gores?," 23 June 2020 What better way to project the aura of a winner than to pack an arena? Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Workers at Trump’s Tulsa rally test positive for COVID-19, as campaign reboot promises cheers, clashes and contagion," 20 June 2020 At first, the aura of uncertainty quickly hugged us as a community but after a few days of quarantine life settling in with the content creation community, affirmative action resulted shortly after. Ziggy Mack Johnson, Essence, "6 Creatives Using Their Platform To Create Covid-19 Relief," 8 June 2020 Whatever spreads naturally or grows wild will only enhance an aura of beauty and balance. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 4, 2020: Cancer, learn more about practical subjects; Leo, cooperate when it’s crucial," 4 June 2020 Even away from the cameras, Trump has assiduously cultivated the aura of a strongman. Greg Miller,, "CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad see troubling parallels in Trump handling of protests," 3 June 2020 This in turn has created a culture in which cheap meat is abundant, and access to it has achieved the aura of an inviolable human right. Liz Specht, Wired, "Let's Rebuild the Broken Meat Industry—Without Animals," 20 May 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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3 Aug 2020

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“Aura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aura

: a special quality or feeling that seems to come from a person, place, or thing


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.


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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