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[trans-loo-suh nt, tranz-] /trænsˈlu sənt, trænz-/
permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible:
Frosted window glass is translucent but not transparent.
easily understandable; lucid:
a translucent explication.
clear; transparent:
translucent seawater.
Origin of translucent
1590-1600; < Latin trānslūcent- (stem of trānslūcēns), present participle of trānslūcere to shine through. See trans-, lucent
Related forms
translucence, translucency, noun
translucently, adverb
subtranslucence, noun
subtranslucency, noun
subtranslucent, adjective
Can be confused
translucent, transparent (see synonym study at transparent)
1. opaque. Unabridged
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  • He gestured through the translucent skin of the Dome, and I felt sick.

    The Hunted Heroes Robert Silverberg
  • The windows are of translucent shell, while the door is of nipa or wood.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • Under this bank the water was deep and dark, a translucent black with trembling streaks and glints of amber.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The other,—how delicate, how translucent, how aerial she seemed!

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Its tiny face was translucent, pinky white, the closed eyelids with their fringe of fine lashes inconceivably delicate.

    Prairie Gold Various
British Dictionary definitions for translucent


allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
Derived Forms
translucence, translucency, noun
translucently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for translucent

1590s, from Latin translucentem (nominative translucens), present participle of translucere "to shine through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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translucent in Science
Allowing radiation (most commonly light) to pass through, but causing diffusion. Frosted glass, for example, is translucent to visible light. Compare transparent.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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