[ trans-loo-suhnt, tranz- ]
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  1. 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.

  2. easily understandable; lucid: a translucent explication.

  1. clear; transparent: translucent seawater.

Origin of translucent

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin trānslūcent- (stem of trānslūcēns ), present participle of trānslūcēre “to shine through”; see trans-, lucent

synonym study For translucent

1. See transparent.

Opposites for translucent

Other words from translucent

  • trans·lu·cence, trans·lu·cen·cy, noun
  • trans·lu·cent·ly, adverb
  • sub·trans·lu·cence, noun
  • sub·trans·lu·cen·cy, noun
  • sub·trans·lu·cent, adjective

Words that may be confused with translucent

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How to use translucent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for translucent


/ (trænzˈluːsənt) /

  1. allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent

Origin of translucent

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

Derived forms of translucent

  • translucence or translucency, noun
  • translucently, adverb

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Scientific definitions for translucent


[ trăns-lōōsənt ]

  1. 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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