Friday, December 18, 2009
diaphanous adjective [dy-AF-uh-nuhs] Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
Definitions for diaphanous
- Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
- Vague; insubstantial.
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Citations for diaphanous
The curtains are thin, a diaphanous membrane that can't quite contain the light outside.
She needed more than diaphanous hope, more than I could give her.
Origin of diaphanous
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.