trans·​lu·​cence tran(t)s-ˈlü-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce translucence (audio)
: the quality or state of being translucent

Examples of translucence in a Sentence

the exceptional translucence of the sapphire adds to its value
Recent Examples on the Web Cappellini’s Luce tables transfix with their translucence. Evan Benn, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Notable for their saucer-like shape, translucence and thin, trailing tentacles, jellyfish can be visually mesmerizing. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2023 There's a bit of translucence on the edges of the fire people. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2023 In the opening scenes of Pablo Larraín’s new movie, the Princess of Wales — played with remarkable translucence by Kristen Stewart — has gotten lost after deciding to make her own way to Sandringham, to the manor where the royal family gathers for their Christmas celebration. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 17 Sep. 2021 The objects’ sensuous detail — the delicate translucence of the jade objects, humming with an electric current of green and yellow — clashes with the sterility of the white shelves on which they’re arranged. Max Pearl, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Low level nimbostratus clouds were everywhere, mostly opaque with patches of translucence. Sharman Apt Russell, Discover Magazine, 7 July 2018 While the centerpiece is quite tall, guests can still chat freely due to its translucence. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 9 Dec. 2022 There’s a startling translucence to her performance, a willingness to let emotions bleed through gently and unforcedly, that matches the unhurried grace and circumspection of the filmmaking. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of translucence was in 1755

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“Translucence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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trans·​lu·​cence tran(t)s-ˈlüs-ᵊn(t)s, tranz- How to pronounce translucence (audio)
: the quality or state of being translucent
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