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 1) 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
Recent Examples on the Web The film’s subject is the last stragglers of the Chelsea mystique: the mostly ancient tenants who were still there, waiting to be kicked out, living as wizened totems of a world that once was. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 9 July 2022 In the meantime, Lisa Taddeo returns with more ruthless explorations of the feminine mystique in Ghost Lover, a raw, searching collection of nine short stories. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 22 June 2022 For decades, part of the Indianapolis 500’s mystique was how the Greatest Spectacle in Racing decided who would start on the inside of the front row and lead the field to green in front of hundreds of thousands of boisterous fans. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2022 For many, the Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens has a certain mystique. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 Neural networks have a mystique about them, and to reduce them to kernel machines feels disappointing for Zhang. Quanta Magazine, 11 Oct. 2021 Sonny Barger, the bigger-than-life godfather of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, equal parts brawler, bully, braggart, rule breaker and shrewd huckster of his own outlaw mystique, has died at 83. Paul W. Valentine, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2022 Sonny Barger, the bigger-than-life godfather of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, equal parts brawler, bully, braggart, rule breaker and shrewd huckster of his own outlaw mystique, has died at 83. Paul W. Valentine, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 But music videos heightened the tension between revelation and mystique. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Mystique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mystique. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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