1The distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place.
atmosphere, air, quality, aspect, character, ambience, mood, spirit, feeling, feel, flavour, colouring, colour, complexion, climate, tone, overtone, undertone, tenor, impression, suggestion, emanationView synonyms
- ‘the ceremony retains an aura of mystery’
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 emotions’
- 2.1Any invisible emanation, especially an odour.
- ‘there was a faint aura of disinfectant’
A warning sensation experienced before an attack of epilepsy or migraine.
Late Middle English (originally denoting a gentle breeze): via Latin from Greek, ‘breeze, breath’. Current senses date from the 18th century.