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Saturday, July 27, 2002

Definitions for diaphanous

  1. Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
  2. Vague; insubstantial.

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Citations for diaphanous
The curtains are thin, a diaphanous membrane that can't quite contain the light outside. Eric Liu, The Accidental Asian
She needed more than diaphanous hope, more than I could give her. Tej Rae, Washington Post
Origin of diaphanous
1605-1615
Diaphanous ultimately derives from Greek diaphanes, "showing through," from diaphainein, "to show through, to be transparent," from dia-, "through" + phainein, "to show, to appear." It is related to phantom, something apparently sensed but having no physical reality.