mys·tique | \mi-ˈstēk \

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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How one gains admittance into the Royal Enclosure is part of the mystique of Royal Ascot. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 23 June 2017 Some of the mystique surrounding the activities at the 10 locations the cakes were formerly sold from might've been just a rumor. Kevin Litten,, "Post-Mardi Gras roundup: All of the season's biggest controversies," 15 Feb. 2018 As much as Curt Schilling wanted to deny it, a visit from the Yankees used to inspire mystique and aura. Scott Lauber,, "In losing to top teams, Phillies hope to learn lessons for success | Extra Innings," 26 June 2018 Owners buy into a rare class shrouded in mystique and mythology, of which there is plenty. Robert Duffer,, "What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?," 28 Mar. 2018 His advice proves that this is a city filled with hidden wonders, irresistible mystique and venues that may not adhere to the city's traditional aesthetic, but still reflect its modern spirit. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "7 Best Things To Do In New Orleans That Deviate From The Expected," 3 Mar. 2017 For the most part, ours is a world without much mystique; even the biggest celebrities trade, however disingenuously, on relatability, normality, and constant presence in our lives. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "The Revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the Evolution of the Society Grand Dame," 20 Sep. 2016 And yet, despite his measurements and basketball resume as an amateur, the 20-year-old Preston carries a certain mystique. Candace Buckner,, "Draft prospect Billy Preston remains somewhat of a basketball mystery," 14 June 2018 The transcendental mystique of Mr. Obama’s persona runs through his aides’ memoirs like a leitmotif. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: End of the Rainbow," 5 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of mystique

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

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