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nounplural noun auras, plural noun aurae/ˈɔːriː/

  • 1The distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place.

    • ‘the ceremony retains an aura of mystery’
    atmosphere, air, quality, aspect, character, ambience, mood, spirit, feeling, feel, flavour, colouring, colour, complexion, climate, tone, overtone, undertone, tenor, impression, suggestion, emanation
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  • 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’
    1. 2.1Any invisible emanation, especially an odour.
      • ‘there was a faint aura of disinfectant’
  • 3Medicine
    A warning sensation experienced before an attack of epilepsy or migraine.



/ˈôrə/ /ˈɔrə/


Late Middle English (originally denoting a gentle breeze): via Latin from Greek, ‘breeze, breath’. Current senses date from the 18th century.