Definitions for mysteryˈmɪs tə ri, -tri
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mys•ter•yˈmɪs tə ri, -tri(n.)(pl.)-ter•ies.
anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown:
the mysteries of nature.
a person or thing having qualities that arouse curiosity or speculation:
The masked guest was a mystery to everyone.
a novel, film, or the like whose plot involves the solving of a puzzle, esp. a crime.
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the quality of being obscure or puzzling:
an air of mystery.
any truth unknowable except by divine revelation.
(in the Christian religion) a sacramental rite. the Eucharist.
an incident or scene in the life or passion of Christ, or in the life of the Virgin Mary.
mysteries, ancient religions with secret rites and rituals known only to initiates. any rites or secrets known only to initiates. (in the Christian religion) the Eucharistic elements.
Ref: mystery play.
Origin of mystery:
1275–1325; ME < L mystērium < Gk mystḗrion=mýs(tēs) (see mystic ) + -tērion n. suffix
mys•ter•y*ˈmɪs tə ri(n.)(pl.)-ter•ies.
a craft or trade.
a guild, as of merchants.
Origin of mystery:
1325–75; 蠐 L ministeriumministry
mystery, enigma, secret, closed book(noun)
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
"how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
mystery, mystery story, whodunit(noun)
a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
mystery(noun)ˈmɪs tə ri
sth difficult to understand, or the quality of being difficult to understand
the mystery of what happens after death; It's a mystery to me why you're never on time.; events surrounded by mystery
mysteryˈmɪs tə ri
a story or movie about strange, puzzling events
I like mysteries.
mysteryˈmɪs tə ri
sb or sth that is interesting because of being secret or unknown
He was always a little bit of a mystery.; a mystery guest
Something secret or unexplainable; unknown.
The truth behind the events remains a mystery.
Someone or thing with an obscure or puzzling nature.
That man is a mystery.
A particular event or series of events in the life of Christ.
The second decade of the Rosary concerns the Sorrowful mysteries, such as the crucifixion and the crowning with thorns.
a profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension
a kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; -- usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries
the consecrated elements in the eucharist
anything artfully made difficult; an enigma
a trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied
a dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century
Translations for mystery
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
something that cannot be, or has not been, explained
the mystery of how the universe was formed; the mystery of his disappearance; How she passed her exam is a mystery to me.
- سِر، غُموضArabic
- mistérioPortuguese (BR)
- das RätselGerman
- mysterium; gådeDanish
- tajna, zagonetkaCroatian
- leyndardómur, ráðgátaIcelandic
- mįslė, paslaptisLithuanian
- noslēpums; brīnumsLatvian
- tanda tanyaMalay
- тайна; загадкаRussian
- mysterium, gåtaSwedish
- sır, muammaTurkish
- 神秘的事物Chinese (Trad.)
- راز، پوشیدہ باتUrdu
- điều bí ẩnVietnamese
- 神秘的事物Chinese (Simp.)
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