Word of the Day: Diaphanous


Today’s word is brought to you by July’s hot and humid weather.

Diaphanous [dahy-afuh-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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5 thoughts on “Word of the Day: Diaphanous”

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. When I was young this adjective regularly occurred in the phrase ‘diaphanous négligée’ and, less frequently, to describe the wings of butterflies.

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