- the state or quality of shining by reflecting light; glitter, sparkle, sheen, or gloss: the luster of satin.
- a substance, as a coating or polish, used to impart sheen or gloss.
- radiant or luminous brightness; brilliance; radiance.
- radiance of beauty, excellence, merit, distinction, or glory: achievements that add luster to one's name.
- a shining object, especially one used for decoration, as a cut-glass pendant or ornament.
- a chandelier, candleholder, etc., ornamented with cut-glass pendants.
- any natural or synthetic fabric with a lustrous finish.
- Also called metallic luster. an iridescent metallic film produced on the surface of a ceramic glaze.
- Mineralogy. the nature of a mineral surface with respect to its reflective qualities: greasy luster.
- to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.
- to be or become lustrous.
Origin of luster1
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Examples from the Web for lusterless
The animal was so underfed that his ribs were showing under his lusterless chestnut coat.Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
Lowden has yet to announce her candidacy; when she does, she will face a pool of lusterless no-names in the primary.Giving Harry Hell
September 3, 2009
The plumes of the wings are set studiously in their places,—they, also, lusterless.Ariadne Florentina
Her lusterless eyes were fired by the only thing that could fire them: her bitter jealousy.Hidden Gold
The man lay upon his back and stared upward with lusterless eyes.Christ Legends
Her heavy coat no longer shone with gloss but lay flat and lusterless.The Whelps of the Wolf
Her large and lusterless eyes gazed at them with indifference.Throckmorton
Molly Elliot Seawell
Word Origin and History for lusterless
"gloss, radiance," 1520s, from Middle French lustre "gloss, radiance" (14c.), common Romanic (cf. Spanish and Portuguese lustre, Rumanian lustru, Italian lustro "splendor, brilliancy"), from Latin lustrare "spread light over, brighten, illumine," related to lucere "shine," lux "light" (see light (n.)).
"one who lusts," 1590s, agent noun from lust (v.).
- The shine from the surface of a mineral. Luster is important in describing different kinds of minerals. It is usually characterized as metallic, glassy, pearly, or dull.