Definition of diaphanous in English:

diaphanous

Syllabification: di·aph·a·nous
Pronunciation: /dīˈafənəs
 
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adjective

(Especially of fabric) light, delicate, and translucent: a diaphanous dress of pale gold
More example sentences
  • In lingerie, this is expressed by delicate shapes in diaphanous fabrics which flutter around the body.
  • The house, too, is filled with colour and texture: gold, glitter, satin, lace, feathers, and yards of diaphanous fabric.
  • He would ‘flit around the backyard trailing a long piece of diaphanous fabric, in the style of the ballets Russes’.
Synonyms
sheer, fine, delicate, light, thin, insubstantial, floaty, flimsy, filmy, silken, chiffony, gossamer, gossamer-thin, gauzy; translucent, transparent, see-through

Origin

early 17th century: from medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs, from dia 'through' + phainein 'to show'.

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