Today’s word is brought to you by July’s hot and humid weather.
Diaphanous [dahy-af–uh-nuhs] (adj.):
1. very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent.
2. delicately hazy.
In spite of her light blouse and her diaphanous skirt, Emily’s sweat was dripping from every pore.
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I enjoyed your “Word of the Day” section. In fact, I am a addict of Readers Digest’s Word Power. But more than the definitions, I love to learn the etymology of words and compare their current usage to the root meaning.
Thanks for reminding me of this word. I’ll have to use it soon, though I doubt I can employ it like Joseph Conrad: “The water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light; the very mist on the Essex marsh was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded rises inland, and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds”
(Heart of Darkness)
When I was young this adjective regularly occurred in the phrase ‘diaphanous négligée’ and, less frequently, to describe the wings of butterflies.
I am now going to make it my goal to use this word today on a post. Completely new to me. Thanks for doing this. 🙂
My pleasure 🙂 🙂