mystery

1
[ mis-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ ˈmɪs tə ri, -tri /

noun, plural mys·ter·ies.


Nearby words

  1. mystagogue,
  2. mystagogy,
  3. mysteries,
  4. mysterious,
  5. mysteriously,
  6. mystery bag,
  7. mystery play,
  8. mystery tour,
  9. mystic,
  10. mystical

Origin of mystery

1
1275–1325; Middle English mysterie < Latin mystērium < Greek mystḗrion, equivalent to mýs(tēs) (see mystic) + -tērion noun suffix

mystery

2
[ mis-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈmɪs tə ri /

noun, plural mys·ter·ies. Archaic.

a craft or trade.
a guild, as of merchants.

Origin of mystery

2
1325–75; Middle English mistery < Medieval Latin misterium, variant of Latin ministerium ministry

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mystery

1
/ (ˈmɪstərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -teries

Word Origin for mystery

C14: via Latin from Greek mustērion secret rites. See mystic

noun plural -teries archaic

a trade, occupation, or craft
a guild of craftsmen

Word Origin for mystery

C14: from Medieval Latin mistērium, from Latin ministerium occupation, from minister official

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