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diaphanous

adjective di·aph·a·nous \dī-ˈa-fə-nəs\

—used to describe cloth that is very thin and light

Full Definition of DIAPHANOUS

1
:  characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through <diaphanous fabrics>
2
:  characterized by extreme delicacy of form :  ethereal <painted diaphanous landscapes>
3
:  insubstantial, vague <had only a diaphanous hope of success>
di·aph·a·nous·ly adverb
di·aph·a·nous·ness noun

Examples of DIAPHANOUS

  1. <the bride wore a diaphanous veil>

Origin of DIAPHANOUS

Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs, from diaphainein to show through, from dia- + phainein to show — more at fancy
First Known Use: 1614

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