- a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere: an aura of respectability; an aura of friendliness.
- a subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing.
- Pathology. a sensation, as of lights or a current of warm or cold air, preceding an attack of migraine or epilepsy.
Origin of aura
Related Words for auraeatmosphere, semblance, tone, mood, scent, aspect, ambience, feeling, quality, feel, appearance, suggestion, background, emanation
- a distinctive air or quality considered to be characteristic of a person or thing
- any invisible emanation, such as a scent or odour
- pathol strange sensations, such as noises in the ears or flashes of light, that immediately precede an attack, esp of epilepsy
- (in parapsychology) an invisible emanation produced by and surrounding a person or object: alleged to be discernible by individuals of supernormal sensibility
Word Origin for aura
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)).
- 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.