having the property of transmitting rays of light through its substance so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be distinctly seen.
admitting the passage of light through interstices.
so sheer as to permit light to pass through; diaphanous.
easily seen through, recognized, or detected: transparent excuses.
manifest; obvious: a story with a transparent plot.
open; frank; candid: the man's transparent earnestness.
Computers. (of a process or software) operating in such a way as to not be perceived by users.
Obsolete. shining through, as light.
Origin of transparent
1375–1425;late Middle English < Medieval Latintrānspārent- (stem of trānspārēns) showing through (present participle of trānspārēre), equivalent to Latintrāns-trans- + pārent- (stem of pārēns), present participle of pārēre to appear; see apparent
Related formstrans·par·ent·ly, adverbtrans·par·ent·ness, nounnon·trans·par·ent, adjectivenon·trans·par·ent·ly, adverbnon·trans·par·ent·ness, nounsub·trans·par·ent, adjectivesub·trans·par·ent·ly, adverbsub·trans·par·ent·ness, nounun·trans·par·ent, adjectiveun·trans·par·ent·ly, adverbun·trans·par·ent·ness, nounCan be confusedtranslucenttransparent (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.
early 15c., from Medieval Latin transparentem (nominative transparens), present participle of transparere "show light through," from Latin trans- "through" (see trans-) + parere "come in sight, appear" (see appear). Figurative sense of "easily seen through" is first attested 1590s. The attempt to back-form a verb transpare (c.1600) died with the 17c.