A diaphanous dress.
An example of something diaphanous is a dress made of very flimsy fabric.
- so fine or gauzy in texture as to be transparent or translucent: diaphanous cloth
- vague or indistinct; airy
Origin of diaphanousMedieval Latin diaphanus from Classical Greek diaphan?s, transparent from diaphainein, to shine through from dia-, through + phainein, to show: see fantasy
- Sufficiently thin or airy as to be translucent: a diaphanous gown; diaphanous gauze.
- Of such fine composition as to be easily damaged or broken; delicate: diaphanous butterfly wings.
Origin of diaphanousFrom Medieval Latin diaphanus transparent from Greek diaphanēs from diaphainein to be transparent dia- dia- phainein phan- to show ; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- di′a·pha·ne′i·ty di·aph′a·nous·ness
(comparative more diaphanous, superlative most diaphanous)
From Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Ancient Greek διαφανής (diaphanēs).