lim·​pid | \ ˈlim-pəd How to pronounce limpid (audio) \

Definition of limpid

1a : marked by transparency (see transparent sense 1) : pellucid limpid streams
b : clear and simple in style limpid prose
2 : absolutely serene and untroubled the benign effects of a limpid childhoodTime

Other Words from limpid

limpidity \ lim-​ˈpi-​də-​tē How to pronounce limpid (audio) \ noun
limpidly \ ˈlim-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce limpid (audio) \ adverb
limpidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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Since around 1600, 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.

Examples of limpid in a Sentence

the limpid waters of the stream her eyes are the blue of a limpid stream of water
Recent Examples on the Web Rivera depicts Natasha as a limpid flower, surrounded with armfuls of gargantuan calla lilies. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2022 Frankenthaler’s soak-and-stain painting technique achieved dreamy, limpid colors. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Feb. 2022 In places, workers dug beneath the water table, and some chambers now contain limpid pools of pure, crystalline water. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Jan. 2022 Still, Hough, whose reading is nearly two minutes shorter, wins me over with his liquid, limpid articulation. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 This limpid air is not everyone’s idea of marvelous. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 In such contexts, Rousseau’s limpid, richly colored pictures of innocent subjects — jungles, big cats, the moon — can come as a relief. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Enchanted Lagoon, a limpid pool in an ancient volcanic crater. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 28 Oct. 2021 Drunken degenerates say limpid and beautiful things. James Parker, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of limpid

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for limpid

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

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“Limpid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of limpid

: perfectly clear limpid water

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