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adjective lim·pid \ˈlim-pəd\

Simple Definition of limpid

  • : perfectly clear

  • : clear and simple in style

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of limpid

  1. 1 a :  marked by transparency :  pellucid <limpid streams> b :  clear and simple in style <limpid prose>

  2. 2 :  absolutely serene and untroubled

limpidity play \lim-ˈpi-də-tē\ noun
limpidly play \ˈlim-pəd-lē\ adverb
limpidness noun

Examples of limpid in a sentence

  1. the limpid waters of the stream

  2. <her eyes are the blue of a limpid stream of water>

Did You Know?

Since the early 1600s, "limpid" has been used in English to describe things that have the soft clearness of pure water. The aquatic connection is not incidental; language scholars believe that "limpid" probably traces to "lympha," a Latin word meaning "water." That same Latin root is also the source of the word lymph, the English name for the pale liquid that helps maintain the body's fluid balance and that removes bacteria from tissues.

Origin of limpid

French or Latin; French limpide, from Latin limpidus, perhaps from lympha water — more at lymph

First Known Use: 1613

Synonym Discussion of limpid

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness <clear water>. transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly <a transparent sheet of film>. translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond <translucent frosted glass>. limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water <her eyes were limpid pools of blue>.

clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity <clear instructions>. perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear <a perspicuous style>. lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement <a lucid explanation>.

LIMPID Defined for Kids


adjective lim·pid \ˈlim-pəd\

Definition of limpid for Students

  1. :  perfectly clear <limpid water>

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