clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air: We could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.
free from obscurity; lucid; clear: a limpid style; limpid prose.
completely calm; without distress or worry: a limpid, emotionless existence.

Origin of limpid

First recorded in 1605–15, limpid is from the Latin word limpidus clear. See lymph, -id4
Related formslim·pid·i·ty, lim·pid·ness, nounlim·pid·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for limpid

Contemporary Examples of limpid

  • Despite the beautiful, limpid looks, and melodious voice, Fraser has always possessed a steely determination to do things her way.

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    Antonia Fraser on Her Wild Marriage

    Amanda Foreman

    November 8, 2010

Historical Examples of limpid

  • I believed in visions––in the deep, limpid, mysterious springs of conduct.

  • From it came the sound of a voice, limpid, clear, which Lennox knew and knew too was not Margaret's.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Birds called excitedly and flew exultantly about in the limpid air.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • Her eyes were soft and limpid, and they held an expression of dreaminess in their depths.


    Dorothy Whitehill

  • He is lacking in the limpid clarity of sheer light-heartedness.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald

British Dictionary definitions for limpid



clear or transparent
(esp of writings, style, etc) free from obscurity
calm; peaceful
Derived Formslimpidity or limpidness, nounlimpidly, adverb

Word Origin for limpid

C17: from French limpide, from Latin limpidus clear
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Word Origin and History for limpid

c.1600, from French limpide (15c.) and directly from Latin limpidus "clear," from limpa "water goddess, water;" probably cognate with lympha "clear liquid" (see lymph). Related: Limpidly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper