limpid

adjective

lim·​pid ˈlim-pəd How to pronounce limpid (audio)
1
a
: 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 childhood Time
limpidity noun
limpidly adverb
limpidness noun

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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.

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

Example Sentences

the limpid waters of the stream her eyes are the blue of a limpid stream of water
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of limpid was in 1598

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“Limpid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limpid. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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limpid

adjective

lim·​pid ˈlim-pəd How to pronounce limpid (audio)
: perfectly clear : transparent
limpid streams
limpidity noun
limpidly adverb
limpidness noun

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