Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English Related forms
< Medieval Latin trānspārent-
(stem of trānspārēns
) showing through (present participle of trānspārēre
), equivalent to Latin trāns- trans-
(stem of pārēns
), present participle of pārēre
to appear; see apparent
Can be confused: translucent
(see synonym study at the current entry).
1. clear, pellucid, limpid, crystalline. T ransparent , translucent agree in describing material that light rays can pass through. That which is transparent allows objects to be seen clearly through it: Clear water is transparent. That which is translucent allows light to pass through, diffusing it, however, so that objects beyond are not distinctly seen: Ground glass is translucent.
1. opaque. 6. secretive.