• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diaphane A woven silk stuff with transparent and colored figures; diaper work.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diaphane A silk fabric having figures more translucent than the rest of the stuff.
    • n diaphane In anatomy, a cell-wall; the investing membrane of a cell or sac.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Diaphane a diaphanous figured silk fabric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. diaphane, diaphanous. See Diaphanous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. diaphanesdia, through, and phainein, to show, shine.


In literature:

Indeed, it would have been almost as light as day but for a slight mist which was spreading a diaphanous veil before our eyes.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
The pores, ovoidal and diaphanous, are contained, in groups of eight, in long capsules.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
It was diaphanous, or diaphanous to strong light behind it.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
Her character was diaphanous.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
There the great iron gates rose before him, diaphanous-looking and flimsy in the starlight.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
My MS. is bad enough, and on that very account I would avoid diaphanous Paper.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald to Fanny Kemble (1871-1883)" by Edward FitzGerald
Dion's star upon its forehead, already the dim and distant future diaphaned in its light, comes up to cheer our waiting, wandering eyes.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863" by Various
Coridon must be visionary and diaphanous, or he is no Coridon for me.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
There was no mark on that fair brow; that soft cheek was without a scar; the delicate skin was intact, smooth, and diaphanous as ever.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The Di down there is the Diaphanous, too.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
She wore black to-night, gauzy and diaphanous black.
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Estelle, in the most diaphanous of blue muslins, held a little court under a gigantic mulberry tree.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
It appeared diaphanous, something so frail that a wind could have stirred it.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
A film of cambric, golden in the lamplight, settled about her smooth shoulders, fell in long diaphanous lines.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
She wore a simple garment of thin, shimmering stuff, diaphanous as finest silk.
"Priestess of the Flame" by Sewell Peaslee Wright
Brilliant insects floated on wide diaphanous wings, waiting to pounce on the opening blossoms.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
They are dry and diaphanous.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Our erstwhile skinny, Diaphanous Pat.
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell
From diaphanous she has become opaque; from airy, solid.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
She wore cloth instead of diaphanous gauze, and her gowns were cut with a more austere simplicity.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton

In poetry:

Now through the wave diaphanous,
A Naiad to my hopes
You shone; a swimming glory rose
Showering the water drops;
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
A great geometer is he;
For, on the creek's diaphanous silk,
Sphere, cone, and star exquisitely
He's drawn in crystal lines of milk.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
Nor of her body's languorous
Wind-grace, that glanced like starlight through
Her clinging robe's diaphanous
Web of the mist and dew.
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Diaphanous, dainty and above all delicious.
Ferretti diaphanous, dainty for next summer.
Diaphanous , dainty and above all delicious.
Mystics and romantics probably considered the diaphanous strands the breath of angels, while to the more paranoid-minded it was a government conspiracy.
In the climax of Morning Glory , Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight bodice giving way to spilling tulle.
In the climax of Morning Glory, Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight bodice giving way to spilling tulle.
Italian designer Alberta Ferretti has been dubbed Milan's resident "queen of chiffon," and her signature flowing, diaphanous goddess gowns have entranced Hollywood and women in search of the romantic, ethereal look for more than 30 years.