noun (plural auras or aurae /-riː/)
- 1The distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place: the ceremony retains an aura of mysteryMore example sentences
- The scene was spectacular: spotlights in the grass cast a fine play of light and shadow, creating an aura of ancient grandeur and mystery.
- Historical sites of revolutions are often imbued with an aura of romantic mystique.
- The meditative mood and ethereal atmosphere of the painting create an aura of intimacy that counters the epic scale of its composition.
- 2(In spiritualism and some forms of alternative medicine) a supposed emanation surrounding the body of a living creature and regarded as an essential part of the individual: emotional, mental, and spiritual levels form an energy field around the body known as the aura muddy colours in the aura indicate negative emotionsMore example sentences
- Around their bodies shimmered auras of living energy.
- Her latest book, Light Body, an intense study of the human aura, spiritual energy and the awakening of the human soul will be published in September.
- Negative energy that is part of your aura attracts more negative energy.
- 2.1Any invisible emanation, especially an odour: there was a faint aura of disinfectantMore example sentences
- The power and aroma of their particular auras bombarded me and I felt disgusted with the stench of them.
- I recognized the stench, the aura that hung in the air; thick and palpable… a portent of imminent death.
- But still there was a warm aura about her that brought the faintest of smiles to his face.
- 3 Medicine A warning sensation experienced before an attack of epilepsy or migraine.More example sentences
- The results were true only for people with migraine accompanied by an aura, or a warning sensation that occurs before the headache begins.
- Sometimes there is a warning of the attack called an aura perhaps an unpleasant odor or spots before the eyes.
- One such experience taught me the nature of my migraine aura.
late Middle English (originally denoting a gentle breeze): via Latin from Greek, 'breeze, breath'. Current senses date from the 18th century.