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


Nearby words

  1. transonic barrier,
  2. transp.,
  3. transpacific,
  4. transpadane,
  5. transparency,
  6. transparent context,
  7. transparent dentin,
  8. transpeptidase,
  9. transpeptidation,
  10. transpersonal

Origin of transparent

1375–1425; late Middle English < 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

SYNONYMS FOR transparent
1. clear, pellucid, limpid, crystalline. T ransparent , 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.

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

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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 Formstransparently, adverbtransparentness, noun

Word Origin for transparent

C15: from Medieval Latin transpārēre to show through, from Latin trans- + pārēre to appear

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Word Origin and History for transparent



early 15c., from Medieval Latin transparentem (nominative transparens), present participle of transparere "show light through," from Latin trans- "through" (see trans-) + parere "come in sight, appear" (see appear). Figurative sense of "easily seen through" is first attested 1590s. The attempt to back-form a verb transpare (c.1600) died with the 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science 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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