[ trans-loo-suhnt, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈlu sənt, trænz- /


permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is translucent but not transparent.
easily understandable; lucid: a translucent explication.
clear; transparent: translucent seawater.

Nearby words

  1. transliteration,
  2. translocate,
  3. translocation,
  4. translocation down syndrome,
  5. translucence,
  6. translucid,
  7. translucidus,
  8. translumenal ,
  9. transluminal,
  10. translunar

Origin of translucent

1590–1600; < Latin trānslūcent- (stem of trānslūcēns), present participle of trānslūcere to shine through. See trans-, lucent

Related forms
Can be confusedtranslucent transparent (see synonym study at transparent) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for translucence


/ (trænzˈluːsənt) /


allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
Derived Formstranslucence or translucency, nountranslucently, adverb

Word Origin for translucent

C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine

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Word Origin and History for translucence
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Science definitions for translucence


[ trăns-lōōsənt ]

Allowing radiation (most commonly light) to pass through, but causing diffusion. Frosted glass, for example, is translucent to visible light. Compare transparent.
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