mystique

noun mys·tique \ mi-ˈstēk \
|Updated on: 27 Jul 2018

Definition of mystique

1 : an air or attitude of mystery (see 1mystery 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

  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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1mystic


MYSTIQUE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mystique for English Language Learners

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



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