Meaning of mystes in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɪstiːz/


  • A person initiated into mysteries, especially religious mysteries.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in Joseph Glanvill (1636–1680), Church of England clergyman. From classical Latin mystēs or its etymon ancient Greek μύστης initiate from the base of μύειν to close (the lips or eyes) + -της, suffix forming agent nouns; the primary sense is probably ‘person vowed to keep silence’. Compare ancient Greek μυεῖν to initiate into mysteries.