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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-puh-les-uh nt]
    • /ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs ənt/
    • /ˌəʊpəlˈesəns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-puh-les-uh nt]
    • /ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs ənt/

Definitions of opalescence word

  • adjective opalescence exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal. 1
  • adjective opalescence having a milky iridescence. 1
  • noun opalescence The state of being opalescent. 1

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Origin of opalescence

First appearance:

before 1805
One of the 41% newest English words
First recorded in 1805-15; opal + -escent

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Parts of speech for Opalescence


opalescence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for opalescence

noun opalescence

  • gloss — an explanation or translation, by means of a marginal or interlinear note, of a technical or unusual expression in a manuscript text.
  • shine — to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light.
  • brightness — the condition of being bright
  • brilliance — great brightness; radiance
  • glitter — to reflect light with a brilliant, sparkling luster; sparkle with reflected light.

Antonyms for opalescence

noun opalescence

  • darkness — the state or quality of being dark: The room was in total darkness.
  • dullness — not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.
  • matte — having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.
  • dark — When it is dark, there is not enough light to see properly, for example because it is night.

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