Word of the Week: diaphanous (dī-ĂF-ə-nəs)

Definition

(Adjective) Permitting the free passage of light and vision; perfectly transparent; pellucid.

In Context

“An ethereal full-length evening gown in diaphanous layers of claret and coffee silk chiffon ($250) by the couturier John Anthony, who made dresses for Jacqueline Kennedy, still bore its original tag – a jaw-dropping $12,500.”

Zarah Crawford, “After Lunching, the Ladies Go Shopping,” The New York Times, April 19, 2007.