mystique

noun
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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Like others, the Reinhard family is drawn by the mystique of a terrain filled with wildlife, but typically cut off from public access. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Another cleanup at Petty's Island readies a natural gem for New Jersey ownership," 7 Apr. 2018 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 If anything, learning the stories behind these characters only robs them of their mystique. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 But alongside her glamour and mystique, her warm, down-to-earth personality makes her one of the series’ few deeply relatable characters. Aja Romano, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ mid-credits scene is brief, but very revealing," 18 Aug. 2018 Yet the mystique surrounding the theater’s interior remains undiminished. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "It's great that the Uptown Theatre has a future. What kind of future will it be?," 29 June 2018 Though European in origin, the mystique of Daguerre’s portraiture caught on in America like nowhere else. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing America," 19 June 2018 Through its own gravitational pull, through its cultivation of cooler-than-usual celebrities and carefully manicured mystique, Supreme has long been sitting where the rest of fashion has gone in recent years. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Supreme Just Won the Biggest Award in Menswear," 5 June 2018 Cult of The Mind The community that has fallen for this design tends to describe The Mind with a sense of mystique and wonder. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "The Mind: Most polarizing card game of the year?," 4 Aug. 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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