diaphanous

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

Definition of diaphanous

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

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

  3. 3 :  insubstantial, vague had only a diaphanous hope of success

diaphanously

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diaphanousness

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Examples of diaphanous in a Sentence

  1. the bride wore a diaphanous veil

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Origin and Etymology 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


DIAPHANOUS Defined for English Language Learners

diaphanous

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Definition of diaphanous for English Language Learners

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


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