mystery ( mysteries plural )
1 n-count A mystery is something that is not understood or known about.
The source of the gunshots still remains a mystery., ...the mysteries of mental breakdown.
2 n-uncount If you talk about the mystery of someone or something, you are talking about how difficult they are to understand or know about, especially when this gives them a rather strange or magical quality.
She's a lady of mystery..., It is an elaborate ceremony, shrouded in mystery.
3 adj A mystery person or thing is one whose identity or nature is not known.
The mystery hero immediately alerted police after spotting a bomb., ...a mystery prize of up to £1,000.
4 n-count A mystery is a story in which strange things happen that are not explained until the end.
His fourth novel is a murder mystery set in London.
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