Meaning of TRANSPARENT in English


trans ‧ par ‧ ent /trænˈspærənt, -ˈspeər- $ -ˈspær-, -ˈsper-/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Medieval Latin ; Origin: present participle of transparere 'to show through' , from Latin parere 'to show' ]

1 . if something is transparent, you can see through it SYN clear ⇨ opaque , translucent :

a transparent plastic container

2 . formal language or information that is transparent is clear and easy to understand:

The way the system works will be transparent to the user.

3 . a lie, excuse etc that is transparent does not deceive people

—transparently adverb

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■ easy to see through

▪ clear easy to see through, rather than coloured or dirty:

The table top is a piece of clear glass.


a clear liquid


The water was so clear that you could see down to the bottom of the lake.

▪ transparent clear - used especially about materials and solid things. Transparent is a little more formal than clear :

Fill a transparent plastic bottle with water.


a piece of transparent film


Melt 2 ounces of butter in a large frying pan, and cook the onions until they are almost transparent.

▪ see-through made of a very thin material that you can see through - used especially about women’s clothes:

She wore a black see-through dress.

▪ limpid literary clear - used especially about water or other liquids . This is a very formal word which is used in novels and literature:

limpid pools


She gave her a golden flask of limpid olive oil.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.