crystal clear


Definition of crystal clear

: perfectly or transparently clear crystal clear water her directions were crystal clear

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Synonyms & Antonyms for crystal clear


clear, crystal, crystalline, limpid, liquid, lucent, pellucid, see-through, transparent


cloudy, opaque

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Examples of crystal clear in a Sentence

“Was my request clear?” “Yes, crystal clear.” Eventually it became crystal clear that something had to change.

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Consider Cle Cosmetics’ CCC Cream—a powerhouse primer, foundation, and sunscreen that adjusts to skin tones—a one-stop shop for a crystal clear canvas. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Say Goodbye to Winter Redness With These 6 CC Creams," 16 Jan. 2019 And while the tropical skies and crystal clear waters provide plenty of ambience, according to a press release, couples will also be able to personalize the pavilion with candles, flowers and fabrics. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "This Over-Water Wedding Pavilion Is Like A Ceremony And Honeymoon In One," 23 Jan. 2016 That will be made 'crystal clear,' New Jersey man says. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Questions surround Kavanaugh's accuser after investigation demands; New hope for nuke-free N. Korea," 19 Sep. 2018 There were back up plans for a more distant flyby, but everything is showing up crystal clear. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Horizons Will Spend New Years Exploring Ultima Thule, a Billion Miles Past Pluto," 19 Dec. 2018 There’s a pretty easy 2.5 mile loop trail that that takes you through big sharp rocky peaks, dense forest, walls of azalea and mountain laurel, and over a high-elevation, crystal clear stream. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Asheville, the Arts-Filled City Where Pottery Is Thriving," 23 Nov. 2018 This as this story continues it slowly slide into the abyss as the dirty politics of our time are now giving us a crystal clear example of just how bad things really are. Fox News, "Haley on the New York Times, Kavanaugh and US foreign policy," 20 Sep. 2018 Exactly six people were interviewed, all of whom had previously released statements making their memories (or lack thereof) crystal clear. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The FBI Report Doesn't Clear Kavanaugh. It Just Clears Republicans' Consciences.," 4 Oct. 2018 Clapper makes crystal clear that the FBI was not spying on the Trump campaign. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump just keeps misquoting James Clapper on FBI 'spying'," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of crystal clear

circa 1528, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crystal clear was circa 1528

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English Language Learners Definition of crystal clear

: perfectly clear : able to be seen through completely
: perfectly easy to understand

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