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[loo-suh nt]
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  1. shining.
  2. translucent; clear.
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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
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Examples from the Web for lucent

Historical Examples

  • Moeran slowly turned his lucent, amber eyes upon me as he answered.

    Uncanny Tales


  • She clasped her hands, and her eyes were lucent with mistiness.

  • Far to the right was a chott (or salt lake) and of lucent silver.

  • Her eyes, yellow as the flower, lucent as water-jewels, held his.


    John Holbrook Vance

  • The dusk, lucent beauty of her eyes especially appealed to him.

British Dictionary definitions for lucent


  1. brilliant, shining, or translucent
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Derived Formslucently, adverb

Word Origin

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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