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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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Related Words for lucent

ablaze, alight, argent, beaming, beamy, blazing, brilliant, burning, dazzling, effulgent, fulgent, glaring, gleaming, glistening, glossy, golden, illuminated, incandescent, intense, irradiant

Examples from the Web for lucent

Historical Examples of lucent

  • 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 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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