What does the word diaphanous mean?

Usage examples for diaphanous

  1. She looked the picture of diaphanous coolness in the shade of the house, lounging in an old wicker chair, with its fellow, empty, drawn up beside her. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  2. That filmy past is diaphanous on heaving ribs. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. I, for my part, gave myself to the study of the types about me, and I dwelt long and luxuriously upon the vision of a florid and massive matron in diaphanous evening dress, whom I imagined to be revisiting the glimpses of her girlhood in the ancient watering- place, and to be getting all the gaiety she could out of it. – An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga by William Dean Howells