from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent: diaphanous tulle.
- adj. Characterized by delicacy of form. See Synonyms at airy.
- adj. Vague or insubstantial: diaphanous dreams of glory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Transparent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.
- adj. Of a fine, almost transparent texture, e.g. gossamer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Allowing light to pass through, as porcelain; translucent or transparent; pellucid; clear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Transmitting light; permitting the passage of light; transparent; clear; translucent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. so thin as to transmit light
From 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin diaphanus (from Ancient Greek διαφανής) + -ous. (Wiktionary)