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
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Recent Examples on the Web Part of the thrill of amaro is its mystique in the bartending world. Beth Segal, cleveland, 28 May 2021 As the Klondike and subsequent gold rushes faded, so did the production of board games attempting to tap into the mystique of Alaska. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2021 Cyborg also remains comfortable, and somewhat unbothered, knowing that Nunes bruised her mystique and aura. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Madoff’s legendary — and fictional — returns created such a mystique about him that the well-heeled lobbied to be clients, and getting in was as difficult as becoming a member at the tony golf clubs where many of them socialized. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2021 The bulk of wineries are still family and privately owned and many trade on the mystique of being small, close-to-the-vest operated and managed businesses. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Great stats won’t get you past the Montana mystique. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 Outside Jordan, the queen’s Jackie Kennedy-like mystique helped raise Jordan’s profile, sometimes rattling the kingdom’s largely somnolent diplomatic corps. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The Reagan-Gorbachev summit that started winding down the Cold War took place there in 1988, which only added to its militarized mystique. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 3 May 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Mystique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mystique. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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mystique

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mystique

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

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