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mysterynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmɪs·tə·ri/
something strange or unknown which has not yet been explained or understood: [C] Despite years of study, sleepwalking remains a mystery. [U] The details of the scandal are shrouded in mystery.
A mystery is also a book, movie, or play about a crime or other event that is difficult to explain: [C] a murder mystery
mysterious
adjective  us   /mɪˈstɪər·i·əs/
He tried to convince this mysterious woman to go out with him.
mysteriously
adverb  us   /mɪˈstɪər·i·əs·li/
The light mysteriously came on, although no one was near the switch.
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mysterynoun

uk   /ˈmɪs.tər.i/  us   /ˈmɪs.tɚ.i/
  • mystery noun (STRANGE/UNKNOWN THING)

B1 [C or U] something strange or not known that has not yet been explained or understood: How the massive stones were brought here from hundreds of miles away is/remains a mystery. The mystery was solved when the police discovered the murder weapon. The book tries to explain some of the mysteries of life. The details of the scandal remain cloaked/shrouded/wrapped in mystery. It's a complete mystery (to me) that/why (= I do not understand why) she married him at all!

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