mystique

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noun mys·tique \mi-ˈstēk\

Definition of mystique

  1. 1 :  an air or attitude of mystery and reverence developing around something or someone

  2. 2 :  the special esoteric skill essential in a calling or activity

Examples of mystique in a sentence

  1. There's a certain mystique to people who fight fires.

  2. No one has been able to copy the legendary singer's mystique.

  3. the mystique of mountain climbing

Origin and Etymology of mystique

French, from mystique, adjective, mystic, from Latin mysticus


First Known Use: 1891


MYSTIQUE Defined for English Language Learners

mystique

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noun mys·tique \mi-ˈstēk\

Definition of mystique for English Language Learners

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


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