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noun, plural au·ras or for 3, au·rae [awr-ee] /ˈɔr i/.
  1. a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere: an aura of respectability; an aura of friendliness.
  2. a subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing.
  3. Pathology. a sensation, as of lights or a current of warm or cold air, preceding an attack of migraine or epilepsy.
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Origin of aura

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek: breath (of air)
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Related Words for aurae

atmosphere, semblance, tone, mood, scent, aspect, ambience, feeling, quality, feel, appearance, suggestion, background, emanation

British Dictionary definitions for aurae


noun plural auras or aurae (ˈɔːriː)
  1. a distinctive air or quality considered to be characteristic of a person or thing
  2. any invisible emanation, such as a scent or odour
  3. pathol strange sensations, such as noises in the ears or flashes of light, that immediately precede an attack, esp of epilepsy
  4. (in parapsychology) an invisible emanation produced by and surrounding a person or object: alleged to be discernible by individuals of supernormal sensibility
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Word Origin for aura

C18: via Latin from Greek: breeze
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Word Origin and History for aurae



1870 in spiritualism, "subtle emanation around living beings;" earlier "characteristic impression" made by a personality (1859), earlier still "gentle breeze" (late 14c.), from Latin aura "breeze, wind, air," from Greek aura "breath, breeze," from PIE root *awer- (see air (n.1)).

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aurae in Medicine


n. pl. au•ras
  1. A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.
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