- 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
- 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 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.