trans·​lu·​cen·​cy tran(t)s-ˈlü-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce translucency (audio)
plural translucencies
: something that is translucent

Examples of translucency in a Sentence

the translucency of a wine is easier to appreciate if it is served in uncolored glasses, preferably of fine crystal
Recent Examples on the Web Apps still have a lot of white space and even some translucency, like in Safari and Messages. Jay Peters, The Verge, 2 June 2023 Apple added translucency all over iOS to give the operating system a sense of layers. Jay Peters, The Verge, 2 June 2023 The new Teams app now uses native materials like Windows 11’s Mica translucency to feel more like a native Windows app. Tom Warren, The Verge, 27 Mar. 2023 Her main ingredient is oil paint, never acrylic—building up through many layers to a lush translucency. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2023 But for glass frogs and other invertebrates, the greatest challenge to translucency is their red blood cells, which naturally absorb light. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 The king of Portugal fell in love with this strange ceramic that had the strength of ordinary pottery but the luster and translucency of a seashell. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022 The endless possibilities of resin—translucency, malleability, color saturation—were on full display at Design Miami this year. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 6 Dec. 2022 The hotel was Japanese-inspired, and its windows appeared to have a rice-paper-like translucency. Allison Stewart, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of translucency was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Translucency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

Medical Definition


trans·​lu·​cen·​cy -ᵊn-sē How to pronounce translucency (audio)
plural translucencies
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