Origin of diaphanous
Examples from the Web for diaphanous
As the audience enters, the diaphanous curtains onstage are gently blowing in the breezes of the Amalfi coast.
From mesh and lace to the sheer and diaphanous, transparency was a clear favorite on the runways.
His touch is as light as the zephyr that stirs the diaphanous drapery of his trees.French Art|W. C. Brownell
The diaphanous waves of incense rose in the air and the organ burst into sound.Christmas Stories from French and Spanish writers|Antoinette Ogden
There was nothing about her diaphanous, nothing undecided, nothing floating, no mist.The Man Who Laughs|Victor Hugo
Forthwith, I began comparing lustrous gray eyes to the stars, and tracing a woman's figure in the diaphanous northern lights.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
At sunset the village smoke begins to hang low in a diaphanous cloud—a sure sign of the approaching cold weather.A Bird Calendar for Northern India|Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for diaphanous
Word Origin for diaphanous
Word Origin and History for diaphanous
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).