trans·​par·​ent tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio)
: having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid
: allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (such as X-rays or ultraviolet light)
: fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous
: free from pretense or deceit : frank
: easily detected or seen through : obvious
: readily understood
: characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices
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

Example Sentences

bottles of blue transparent glass his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences
Recent Examples on the Web The settlement also requires Google to be more transparent with consumers about its practices. Corrinne Hess, Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2022 Be Transparent With Your Financial Situation Being transparent with your finances is important for both recruitment and retention. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 At a Fortune conference on Thursday, that was one takeaway from a panel of business leaders who also called on organizations to measure their ESG impact and be transparent with stakeholders. Nick Rockel, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2022 Still, some experts feel more could be done to justify such studies, including being more transparent with the public about who is reviewing the experiments, their comments, and the risks and benefits of the work. Alice Park, Time, 27 Oct. 2022 By being transparent with research—by sharing the data and code behind it—scientists can turn this around. Saloni Dattani, WIRED, 25 Oct. 2022 Under the pact, the port authority will be more transparent with its budget and pay to study the project’s effect on human health, traffic and the community. Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 Carmel Clay Parks knows the dog park has a long waiting list and aims to be transparent with potential new members. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Oct. 2022 This is not the first time Cavallari has been transparent with her followers about her physical and mental health. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of transparent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Transparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



trans·​par·​ent tran(t)s-ˈpar-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio)
: transmitting light so that objects lying beyond are entirely visible
: fine or sheer enough to be seen through
transparent gauze
: easily detected or understood : obvious
transparent falsehood
transparently adverb

Medical Definition



trans·​par·​ent -ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio)
: having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly
: allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

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