trans·​par·​ent | \tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt \

Definition of transparent 

1a(1) : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid

(2) : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (such as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

b : fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous

2a : free from pretense or deceit : frank

b : easily detected or seen through : obvious

c : readily understood

d : characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

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Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb
transparentness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for transparent

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

Examples of transparent in a Sentence

bottles of blue transparent glass his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences

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Many policy experts believe transparent pricing is central to any attempt at controlling health-care costs. Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 About 100 of 350 total pilots in the Irish airline’s home country walked out Thursday, citing demands for a more transparent system for promotions, transfers, and pilot pay. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Ryanair Pilots Strike, Causing Cancelations Just as Tourist Season Takes Off," 12 July 2018 Stofenmacher’s hope is that the hyper-detailed, transparent approach will leave customers feeling confident enough to actually order a four- or five-figure ring online. Emily Farra, Vogue, "With Vrai & Oro’s New 3-D Design Studio, You Can Dream Up a Custom Engagement Ring From the Comfort of Your Couch," 10 July 2018 The new transparent cushion formula reportedly works on all skin tones, making the filter-like effects totally inclusive. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Dior Beauty's New Dreamskin Fresh & Perfect Cushion Compact Is More Filter Than Foundation," 10 July 2018 Having independent, strong, and transparent statistics will serve the health, well-being, and economy of Puerto Rico and its people for decades to come. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "After outcry, Puerto Rico’s legislature spares statistical agency," 3 July 2018 Bella rocked every inch of the look with transparent heeled sandals and high-wattage Bulgari jewelry. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Shines in a Sexy Gold Versace Dress," 28 June 2018 On the car seat beside me was a transparent orange folder containing all the photographs, records, certificates and other documents Puri had accumulated in the course of her search. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Individuals lobbying for foreign governments would have to be listed on a public register in a step toward making foreign influence on Australian politics more transparent. Rod Mcguirk, The Christian Science Monitor, "Australia approves bill to make foreign influence on politics more transparent," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of transparent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for transparent

Middle English, from Medieval Latin transparent-, transparens, present participle of transparēre to show through, from Latin trans- + parēre to show oneself

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English Language Learners Definition of transparent

: able to be seen through

: easy to notice or understand

: honest and open : not secretive


trans·​par·​ent | \trans-ˈper-ənt \

Kids Definition of transparent

1 : clear enough or thin enough to be seen through

2 : easily detected a transparent lie

Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb


trans·​par·​ent | \-ənt \

Medical Definition of transparent 

1 : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly

2 : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

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