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From Latin translucidus, from trans (across, through) + lucidus (lucid). Compare French translucide. See translucent.


translucid (comparative more translucid, superlative most translucid)

  1. translucent
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    • 1844, Emerson, The Poet:
      This insight, which expresses itself by what is called Imagination, is a very high sort of seeing, which does not come by study, but by the intellect being where and what it sees, by sharing the path, or circuit of things through forms, and so making them translucid to others.
    • 2013, Alice Fabre, Metal Language:
      Overcoming the gravity of representation and the figurative, automatism and acquired reflexes, she mixes brute force and translucid emotions to paint an ontological, disquieting, enigmatic human figure free from artifice, universal in its expression.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for translucid in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





  1. (Spain) Informal second-person plural (vosotros or vosotras) affirmative imperative form of translucir.