[ mi-steek ]
/ mɪˈstik /


a framework of doctrines, ideas, beliefs, or the like, constructed around a person or object, endowing the person or object with enhanced value or profound meaning: the mystique of Poe.
an aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular occupation or pursuit: the mystique of nuclear science.

Nearby words

  1. mysticize,
  2. mysticly,
  3. mystification,
  4. mystified,
  5. mystify,
  6. mysuru,
  7. mytacism,
  8. myth,
  9. myth.,
  10. mythic

Origin of mystique

1890–95; < French (adj.); see mystic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mystique


/ (mɪˈstiːk) /


an aura of mystery, power, and awe that surrounds a person or thingthe mystique of the theatre; the mystique of computer programming

Word Origin for mystique

C20: from French (adj): mystic

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Word Origin and History for mystique



1891, "atmosphere of mystery," from French mystique "a mystic; mystical," from Latin mysticus (see mystic (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper