Gossamer is something super fine and delicate — like a spider web or the material of a wedding veil.

The original gossamer, from which these meanings come from, is the fine, filmy substance spiders excrete to weave their webs. A dress can be gossamer-like, if its fabric is so sheer as to be see-through, or almost. Your chances of going to a good college are "gossamer thin" if you've never cracked a book in high school.

Definitions of gossamer
  1. noun
    a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
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    type of:
    gauze, netting, veiling
    a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave
  2. noun
    filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
    synonyms: cobweb
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    type of:
    fibril, filament, strand
    a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
  3. adjective
    characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
    gossamer shading through his playing”
    synonyms: ethereal
    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
  4. adjective
    so thin as to transmit light
    gossamer cobwebs”
    synonyms: cobwebby, diaphanous, filmy, gauze-like, gauzy, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous
    of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
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