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