Definition of pellucid in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈlo͞osəd/


1Translucently clear: mountains reflected in the pellucid waters
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  • You see it now in those horrid traffic jams; in tar slicks that come and go when you swim in pellucid waters; and in the awful fires that destroyed many trees on the Cote during last summer's heat wave.
  • This morning the rain swept away, the clouds rolled back, and we were blessed with pellucid blue skies and sunshine from dawn till dusk.
  • I hopped on out to the patio to stand in quite pleasantly warm sunshine and peered up at the pellucid blue sky.
translucent, transparent, clear, crystal clear, crystalline, glassy, limpid, unclouded, gin-clear
1.1Lucid in style or meaning; easily understood: he writes, as always, in pellucid prose
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  • The renowned, the brilliant, the incredibly funny man, published delightful books written in the most pellucid prose.
  • In each of these enterprises, she brought to bear her characteristic rigor and discernment, as well as the pellucid prose style for which she was justly celebrated.
  • Read them years later in wonder at their erudition and pellucid prose.
lucid, limpid, clear, crystal clear, articulate;
coherent, comprehensible, understandable, intelligible, straightforward, simple, clean, well constructed
formal perspicuous
1.2(Of music or other sound) clear and pure in tone: a smooth legato and pellucid singing tone are his calling cards
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  • There is no cast-iron guarantee that his sound will be one degree more pellucid than anyone else's for the past murky half century, or that the site will be less of a concrete jungle.
  • Few can match that pellucid quality of tone.
  • The orchestra played with precision and color and pellucid tone.



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  • The President in his pellucidly written and cogently argued letter on ‘quality and access’ observed that the question raised by our need-blind admissions policy is both an ‘ethical and a practical one.’
  • But given the broader stakes for the power of Congress to regulate commerce, he added, ‘our duty to uphold the application of the federal statute was pellucidly clear.’
  • It is pellucidly obvious that technologies - like the invention of the internal combustion engine or the written word - are disruptive.


Early 17th century: from Latin pellucidus, from perlucere 'shine through'.

Words that rhyme with pellucid

deuced, lucid, Seleucid

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Syllabification: pel·lu·cid

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