[ trans-pair-uhn-see, -par- ]
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noun,plural trans·par·en·cies.
  1. Also trans·par·ence. the quality or state of being transparent.

  2. something transparent, especially a picture, design, or the like on glass or some translucent substance, made visible by light shining through from behind.

  1. Photography.

    • the proportion of the light that is passed through the emulsion on an area of a photographic image.

    • a photographic print on a clear base for viewing by transmitted light.

Origin of transparency

From the Medieval Latin word trānspārentia, dating back to 1585–95. See transparent, -ency

Other words from transparency

  • non·trans·par·ence, noun
  • non·trans·par·en·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use transparency in a sentence

  • It was the custom to exhibit transparencies on every anniversary of the Massacre from the front of this house.

  • Among the Public Buildings which were richly decorated with transparencies and devices, the Admiralty was especially conspicuous.

British Dictionary definitions for transparency


/ (trænsˈpærənsɪ, -ˈpɛər-) /

nounplural -cies
  1. Also called: transparence the state of being transparent

  2. Also called: slide a positive photograph on a transparent base, usually mounted in a frame or between glass plates. It can be viewed by means of a slide projector

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