[ trans-pair-uhnt, -par- ]
/ trænsˈpɛər ənt, -ˈpær- /


Origin of transparent

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin trānspārent- (stem of trānspārēns) “showing through” (present participle of trānspārēre), equivalent to Latin trāns-trans- + pārent- (stem of pārēns), present participle of pārēre “to appear”; see apparent

synonym study for transparent

1. Transparent , translucent agree in describing material that light rays can pass through. That which is transparent allows objects to be seen clearly through it: Clear water is transparent. That which is translucent allows light to pass through, diffusing it, however, so that objects beyond are not distinctly seen: Ground glass is translucent.

OTHER WORDS FROM transparent


translucent, transparent (see synonym study at the current entry). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for transparent

British Dictionary definitions for transparent

/ (trænsˈpærənt, -ˈpɛər-) /


permitting the uninterrupted passage of light; cleara window is transparent
easy to see through, understand, or recognize; obvious
(of a substance or object) permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiationa substance that is transparent to X-rays
candid, open, or frank

Derived forms of transparent

transparently, adverbtransparentness, noun

Word Origin for transparent

C15: from Medieval Latin transpārēre to show through, from Latin trans- + pārēre to appear
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Scientific definitions for transparent

[ trăns-pârənt ]

Allowing radiation or matter to pass through with little or no resistance or diffusion. Compare opaque translucent. See Note at glass.
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