Definition of translucent in English:


Pronunciation /transˈlo͞osnt/ /trænsˈlusnt/ /tranzˈlo͞osnt/ /trænzˈlusnt/


  • (of a substance) allowing light, but not detailed shapes, to pass through; semitransparent.

    ‘fry until the onions become translucent’
    • ‘The thick, translucent slices were encased in a light batter that was appropriately oily.’
    • ‘Choose a translucent powder to blend with your skin tone and apply with a puff or brush.’
    • ‘The adhesive dries to a semi translucent plastic but can be coloured.’
    • ‘Like the two bathrooms directly above it on the first floor, it, too, is daylit through a wall of translucent glass blocks.’
    • ‘Put in a heavy saucepan with the olive oil and fry over a moderate heat for a few minutes until the onion is translucent.’
    • ‘The rusted wire was draped with a coat of translucent ice, the frozen water hanging down in inverted spires.’
    • ‘He would have placed a screen of some translucent material, perhaps oiled paper supported on glass, in the opening.’
    • ‘On top of it all was a flimsy, translucent material embedding the palm trees picture.’
    • ‘It was served to us with a translucent cookie studded with whole roasted pumpkin seeds.’
    • ‘Whereas most walls were brick or concrete, her wall was made of a translucent stone.’
    • ‘It makes a light-textured, translucent paste without any flavour of its own, and will set to an almost clear gel.’
    • ‘Its surface is covered by an inorganic, orange-yellow translucent material.’
    • ‘The jug had been sealed with a large disc of cork, onto which about half an inch of translucent wax had been poured as an airtight seal.’
    • ‘In the front, translucent fabric is backed with a solid to create a precise tone.’
    • ‘The light was a soft translucent blue that became brighter or darker depending on my depth.’
    • ‘The business end is translucent and has some light emitting diodes inside.’
    • ‘Our home base was a huge glowing translucent submarine, shaped like a blimp.’
    • ‘It would have been dark except for the light coming from the translucent side panels.’
    • ‘Her hair was so white it glowed softly in the gray light and her skin was translucent.’
    • ‘The drive was long and windy and I enjoyed the sun on my translucent skin.’
    semi-transparent, pellucid, diaphanous, colourless, glassy, glasslike, gossamer, clear, crystalline, see-through, limpid, transparent
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Late 16th century (in the Latin sense): from Latin translucent- ‘shining through’, from the verb translucere, from trans- ‘through’ + lucere ‘to shine’.



/transˈlo͞osnt/ /trænsˈlusnt/ /tranzˈlo͞osnt/ /trænzˈlusnt/