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 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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Legalization democratized marijuana sales and took away some of the mystique of THC strains like Guzman's Gelato, which has been name-checked by dozens of rappers, from Tyler the Creator to Jhene Aiko. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Cannabis 2.0: Artists Hoping to Cash In On High-End Vaping Gear, the Next Big Thing in Legal Weed," 19 July 2019 There has always been a bit of mystique to Akok Akok. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Akok Akok working quietly, diligently to improve his game for UConn men," 7 July 2019 But with or without a draft, ROTC belongs on college campuses, lest our universities become removed from reality in a way that exacerbates the negatives of the ivory tower mystique. Jeff Rice, Twin Cities, "Jeff Rice: I damaged the ROTC offices at Northwestern University. Here’s how — and why — I atone," 24 June 2019 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," 18 June 2019 Gatherings d’Art will take a bit of the mystique out of creating artwork. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Gatherings d'Art fundraiser at Beverly Arts Center lets art lovers watch local artists in action," 5 June 2019 Her afro is elegantly wrapped in a black turban with an intricate sheer veil, which adds another element of gender mystique. Terry Nguyen, Teen Vogue, "Zazie Beetz’s Suit-Dress Is The Definition of Camp," 7 May 2019 Sure, there’s previously been talk of staging an outdoor junior-hockey game at T-Mobile Park, but Bettman does have a point about a roof taking away some of the mystique. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Outdoor NHL game in Seattle? As good a chance as the new team being named ‘Kraken’," 14 Jan. 2019 Facebook once sought to cultivate the type of mystique garnered by Google’s X lab and its skunkworks projects, which have produced legitimate ventures including its self-driving unit, Waymo. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook fractures its secretive hardware division," 14 Dec. 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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The first known use of mystique was in 1891

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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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