An example of an enigma is the question “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
Other Word Forms
Origin of enigma
- Latin aenigma from Greek ainigma from ainissesthai ainig- to speak in riddles from ainos fable
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin aenigma (“riddle”), from Ancient Greek αἴνιγμα (ainigma, “dark saying, riddle”).