V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. delicate, gauzy, or transparent; 2. insubstantial or fragile due to being extremely faint or slight
Synonyms: ethereal, transparent, delicate, faint, fragile, sheer, translucent, thin
Antonyms: solid, opaque
Tips: Diaphanous comes from the Greek word diaphainein, "to show through." It is most often used to describe fabrics that are gauzy and transparent.
The butterfly's diaphanous wings fluttered weakly in the wind. (fragile, delicate)
The dancers wore diaphanous costumes that seemed to float like clouds around their bodies. (gauzy, transparent)
She wore a diaphanous gown made of chiffon, but didn't realize just how transparent it was. (sheer, thin)
The bride wore a diaphanous veil through which her groom could see her beautiful smile. (transparent, delicate, sheer)
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