diaphanous

[dahy-af-uh-nuh s]
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Origin of diaphanous

1605–15; < Medieval Latin diaphanus < Greek diaphan(ḗs) transparent, equivalent to diaphan-, stem of diaphaínein to show through (see dia-, -phane) + -ēs adj. suffix) + -ous
Related formsdi·aph·a·nous·ly, adverbdi·aph·a·nous·ness, nounnon·di·aph·a·nous, adjectivenon·di·aph·a·nous·ly, adverbnon·di·aph·a·nous·ness, nounsem·i·di·aph·a·nous, adjectivesem·i·di·aph·a·nous·ly, adverbsem·i·di·aph·a·nous·ness, nounun·di·aph·a·nous, adjectiveun·di·aph·a·nous·ly, adverbun·di·aph·a·nous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for diaphanous

Contemporary Examples of diaphanous

  • As the audience enters, the diaphanous curtains onstage are gently blowing in the breezes of the Amalfi coast.

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    Tennessee Williams' Forgotten Masterpiece

    Janice Kaplan

    January 25, 2011

  • From mesh and lace to the sheer and diaphanous, transparency was a clear favorite on the runways.

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    'Molto Sexy' in Milan

    Isabel Wilkinson

    September 29, 2009

Historical Examples of diaphanous

  • She was clad only in the diaphanous robes of her calling, and she was stacked.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The kind of bench which Alma-Tadema usually fills with diaphanous maidens.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Polly glanced at her diaphanous pajamas and nodded cheerfully.

    Across the Mesa

    Jarvis Hall

  • Coridon must be visionary and diaphanous, or he is no Coridon for me.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • The crystalline lens is voluminous, spherical, and diaphanous.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier


British Dictionary definitions for diaphanous

diaphanous

adjective
  1. (usually of fabrics such as silk) fine and translucent
Derived Formsdiaphanously, adverbdiaphanousness or diaphaneity (ˌdaɪəfəˈniːɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for diaphanous

C17: from Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs transparent, from diaphainein to show through, from dia- + phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for diaphanous
adj.

1610s, from Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanes "transparent," from dia- "through" (see dia-) + phainesthai, middle voice form (subject acting on itself) of phainein "to show" (see phantasm).

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