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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
Historical Examples
  • Moeran slowly turned his lucent, amber eyes upon me as he answered.

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

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Far to the right was a chott (or salt lake) and of lucent silver.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • Her eyes, yellow as the flower, lucent as water-jewels, held his.

    Sjambak John Holbrook Vance
  • The dusk, lucent beauty of her eyes especially appealed to him.

  • It is as sweet and lucent and gracious as a fresco of Raphael's.

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

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • The girl's limpid, steadfast eyes fascinated her, and she gazed into their lucent depths longer than she was perhaps aware.

  • She was selfishly engrossed in her book, and sat in her room all day, with hair pinned tightly back and wild and lucent eyes.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • In the lucent, cool, green shadow of a thick clump of moose maples he felt rather than discerned a certain warmth of tone.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
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.

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