mystique

noun
mys·​tique | \ mi-ˈstēk How to pronounce mystique (audio) \

Definition of mystique

1 : an air or attitude of mystery (see mystery entry 1 sense 2) and reverence developing around something or someone the legendary singer's mystique the mystique of the liturgy
2 : the special esoteric skill essential in a calling or activity the mystique of yoga the mystique of hang gliding

Examples of mystique in a Sentence

There's a certain mystique to people who fight fires. No one has been able to copy the legendary singer's mystique. the mystique of mountain climbing
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In the century since her death, Queen Victoria's mystique has only grown. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?," 13 Jan. 2019 Yet, as disaffection and economic problems grow ahead of the Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary, mystique around Iran's age of monarchies persists even with its own history of abuses. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah," 24 Apr. 2018 The bizarre naming conventions of each set only further the mystique and foster an emotional attachment to your cards. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable," 15 Dec. 2018 Bush was the last president to serve under—and add to—that American mystique. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "History Gives George Bush His Due," 6 Dec. 2018 As important as these other renovations are to the $50-million-plus project, none has quite the mystique of the renovations and reconfigurations taking place around the 3,000-year-old Sphinx. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Visit the Penn Museum's Sphinx this weekend, or wait another 4 to 6 years," 5 July 2018 Like others, the Reinhard family is drawn by the mystique of a terrain filled with wildlife, but typically cut off from public access. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Another cleanup at Petty's Island readies a natural gem for New Jersey ownership," 7 Apr. 2018 Facebook once sought to cultivate the type of mystique garnered by Google’s X lab and its skunkworks projects, which have produced legitimate ventures including its self-driving unit, Waymo. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook fractures its secretive hardware division," 14 Dec. 2018 If anything, learning the stories behind these characters only robs them of their mystique. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of mystique

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mystique

borrowed from French, derivative of mystique, adjective, "magical, mystical," going back to Middle French, "having a hidden meaning," borrowed from Latin mysticus "secret" — more at mystic entry 1

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The first known use of mystique was in 1891

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mystique

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English Language Learners Definition of mystique

: a special quality that makes a person or thing interesting or exciting

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