—used to describe cloth that is very thin and light
Full Definition of DIAPHANOUS
1: characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through
2: characterized by extreme delicacy of form : ethereal
— di·aph·a·nous·ly adverb
— di·aph·a·nous·ness noun
Examples of DIAPHANOUS
Origin of DIAPHANOUS ——————————-
Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs, from diaphainein to show through, from dia- + phainein to show
First Known Use: 1614
Origin of DIAPHANOUS
In the spirit of keeping my tools sharp and working to develop my mind, body & skills here’s some things that I worked on this week:
How to Grow a Mandala
Songs & Musicians I’m Checking Out
– Full House by Wes Montgomery
– Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi & Free Man in Paris
– the bass line from Cannonball Adderly’s version of Autumn Leaves on Somethin’ Else
Check out the latest word that I learned more about.
From time to time discussions will arise with those in my life about the correct pronunciation of words. ‘Artisanal‘ is one of those words. I finally decided to look up the darn thing and alas, I have been pronouncing it incorrectly. Apparently it should be pronounced “ARR-tizz-uh-nul”, with the emphasis on the first syllable and no hard ‘ee’ sound. I’ve always known that an “artesian spring” gets the hard ‘ee’ and the emphasis on the second syllable, but I thought the same was true about artisanal. Have to rewire in my brain on this one.
I wonder if it has any tips on apostrophe use for people whose last name ends in an ‘S’. I’m somewhat sure that I got it right above, but it seems like it could go either way.
Definition of FLANEUR
: an idle man-about-town
First Known Use: 1854
This word is much more complex than this basic definition lets on. See the Wikipedia entry.