[loo-suh nt]


translucent; clear.

Origin of lucent

1490–1500; < Latin lūcent- (stem of lūcēns), present participle of lūcēre to shine. See lucid, -ent
Related formslu·cen·cy; Rare, lu·cence, nounlu·cent·ly, adverbin·ter·lu·cent, adjectivesem·i·lu·cent, adjectiveun·lu·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lucent

Historical Examples of lucent

  • Beyond it a clump of trees showed dark against the lucent sky.

    A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories

    Marian T. MacIntosh

  • They had just agreed that it was Nicky's life, Nicky's character, that had given to his garden its lucent, exquisite tranquillity.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • The tint is wonderful, I said, as lucent a green as the top of the comber that is to break and overwhelm you.

  • There was nothing earthly visible, I thought then, for every thing seemed transfigured, floating in a lucent atmosphere.

    In the Footprints of the Padres

    Charles Warren Stoddard

  • Many have imperfect glimpses; few, few indeed, the unveiled, lucent sight.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for lucent



brilliant, shining, or translucent
Derived Formslucently, adverb

Word Origin for lucent

C16: from Latin lūcēns, present participle of lūcēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for lucent

mid-15c., "shining, bright, luminous," from Latin lucentem (nominative lucens), present participle of lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Meaning "lucid, clear" is from 1820. Related: Lucently.

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