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[loo-suh nt] /ˈlu sənt/
translucent; clear.
Origin of lucent
1490-1500; < Latin lūcent- (stem of lūcēns), present participle of lūcēre to shine. See lucid, -ent
Related forms
lucency; Rare, lucence, noun
lucently, adverb
interlucent, adjective
semilucent, adjective
unlucent, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lucent
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  • And high above it all—so high that all clouds were below it—there hung in a lucent sky one tiny, silvery speck.

    The Hammer of Thor Charles Willard Diffin
  • Moeran slowly turned his lucent, amber eyes upon me as he answered.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • The girl's limpid, steadfast eyes fascinated her, and she gazed into their lucent depths longer than she was perhaps aware.

  • She clasped her hands, and her eyes were lucent with mistiness.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Hugh saw the tears gathering again in the lucent eyes, and came back a step.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Far to the right was a chott (or salt lake) and of lucent silver.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • Her face was still pale, but her eyes overran with a lucent blue excitement.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • It is as sweet and lucent and gracious as a fresco of Raphael's.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • The dusk, lucent beauty of her eyes especially appealed to him.

  • The sky was lucent as a crystal, and the purple would not die out of the west until nearly midnight.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
British Dictionary definitions for lucent


brilliant, shining, or translucent
Derived Forms
lucently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lūcēns, present participle of lūcēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for lucent

mid-15c., "shining, bright, luminous," from Latin lucentem (nominative lucens), present participle of lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Meaning "lucid, clear" is from 1820. Related: Lucently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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