[trans-pair-uh n-see, -par-]

noun, plural trans·par·en·cies.

Also trans·par·ence. the quality or state of being transparent.
something transparent, especially a picture, design, or the like on glass or some translucent substance, made visible by light shining through from behind.
  1. the proportion of the light that is passed through the emulsion on an area of a photographic image.
  2. 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
Related formsnon·trans·par·ence, nounnon·trans·par·en·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for transparencies

clarity, pellucidity, clearness, translucence

Examples from the Web for transparencies

Contemporary Examples of transparencies

  • “I hope to sell other works” she said, and returned to leafing through her books of transparencies.

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    The Coolest Works at Frieze

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    October 22, 2009

Historical Examples of transparencies

British Dictionary definitions for transparencies


noun plural -cies

Also called: transparence the state of being transparent
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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Word Origin and History for transparencies



1610s, "condition of being transparent," from Medieval Latin transparentia, from transparentem (see transparent). Meaning "that which is transparent" is from 1590s; of pictures, prints, etc., from 1785; in photography from 1866.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper