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diaphanous

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

Simple Definition of diaphanous

  • —used to describe cloth that is very thin and light

Full Definition of diaphanous

  1. 1 :  characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through <diaphanous fabrics>

  2. 2 :  characterized by extreme delicacy of form :  ethereal <painted diaphanous landscapes>

  3. 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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