trans·​par·​ent | \ tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

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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Worse, in the eyes of many Ukrainians who longed for a transparent and accountable government, endemic corruption has endured. Washington Post, "Legacy of Ukraine Revolution Rides on March Election: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 Much like Alabama State, the Zips were transparent in their attempt to limit UAB at the line of scrimmage. Evan Dudley, al, "‘Repping it out’: UAB offensive line remains work in progress," 13 Sep. 2019 An abusive boyfriend is thrown in for good measure because that allows Girl 1, in a transparent and patronizing way, to rise above victimhood. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Movie review: In 'Haunt,' college kids make unwise decisions and bloody things happen," 11 Sep. 2019 Bake them without liners, or use transparent parchment liners to allow the stripes on the inside to show. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Candy Corn Cupcakes," 12 Sep. 2019 Once that primordial soup cooled and became transparent, the ripples—which drew matter to them and formed the foundations for galaxy clusters—became locked in, separated by a characteristic distance. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Robot detector to map cosmos for clues to dark energy," 11 Sep. 2019 My philosophy in both my personal and professional life has always been to tell the truth, be transparent, and provide information accurately in a timely manner as requested by residents., "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 The color is transparent, and the flavor is sweeter. Julia Ludlam, Country Living, "What's the Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?," 16 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, the reaction from people who rush to get LeBron’s back at any hint of criticism is exactly why coaches and players are so often afraid to be transparent. Albert Breer,, "Drew Brees, at 40, Is Looking to Get Better," 5 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

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 How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

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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