from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Easily understood; clear or lucid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bright; luminous; transparent.
  • Clear; evident; unmistakable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Lucid; clear; transparent.
  • adjective Clear; evident; luminous.
  • adjective obsolete Bright; shining in beauty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Shining, brilliant.
  • adjective obsolete Of language, speeches etc: lucid, brilliantly clear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, shiny, from Latin lūculentus, from lūx, lūc-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin lūculentus, from lūx ("light").


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word luculent.


  • Ambraciotes persuaded I know not how many hundreds of his auditors, by a luculent oration he made of the miseries of this, and happiness of that other life, to precipitate themselves.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Gibbon for once arises from defect of information; and when in a note he observes that Mosheim "unfolds the causes with the judgment of a philosopher," while Fleury "transcribes and translates with the prejudices of a Catholic priest," himself gives a luculent example of the errors of philosophy, and of the often unsuspected approach of prejudice to truth.

    The International Monthly Magazine - Volume V - No II Various

  • Theodoric is one of the most luculent testimonies for that blending of fact and fancy in strictly historical times which people find it so difficult to believe, but which offers the key, and the only true key, for many of the most perplexing problems, both of history and of mythology.

    Roman and the Teuton Charles Kingsley 1847


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Easily understood; clear or lucid. AHD

    March 20, 2007

  • I must be unsparingly luculent

    In hopes to forestall a fluke event:

    Believe not his slander

    Nor suffer his pander.

    The Donald is truly a spooky gent.

    December 19, 2015