The difference between Mystery and Puzzle

When used as nouns, mystery means something secret or unexplainable, whereas puzzle means anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.

Puzzle is also verb with the meaning: to perplex (someone).

check bellow for the other definitions of Mystery and Puzzle

  1. Mystery as a noun:

    Something secret or unexplainable; an unknown.


    "The truth behind the events remains a mystery."

  2. Mystery as a noun:

    Someone or something with an obscure or puzzling nature.


    "That man is a mystery."

  3. Mystery as a noun (obsolete):

    A secret or mystical meaning.

  4. Mystery as a noun:

    A religious truth not understandable by the application of human reason alone (without divine aid).

  5. Mystery as a noun (archaic, outside, Eastern Orthodoxy):

    A sacrament.

  6. Mystery as a noun (mostly, in plural):

    A secret religious celebration, admission to which was usually through initiation.


    "the Eleusinian mysteries'"

    "the Mysteries of Mithras"

  7. Mystery as a noun (Catholicism):

    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."

  8. Mystery as a noun:

    A craft, art or trade; specifically a guild of craftsmen.

  1. Puzzle as a noun:

    Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.


    "Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle."

  2. Puzzle as a noun:

    A game for one or more people that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.

  3. Puzzle as a noun:

    A crossword puzzle.

  4. Puzzle as a noun:

    A jigsaw puzzle.

  5. Puzzle as a noun:

    A riddle.

  6. Puzzle as a noun (archaic):

    Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.

  7. Puzzle as a noun:

    The state of being puzzled; perplexity.


    "to be in a puzzle"

  1. Puzzle as a verb (transitive):

    To perplex (someone).

  2. Puzzle as a verb (intransitive):

    To think long and carefully, in bewilderment.


    "We puzzled over the curious-shaped lock, but were unable to discover how the key should be inserted."

  3. Puzzle as a verb (transitive):

    To make intricate; to entangle.