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lustre

[luhs-ter] /ˈlʌs tər/
noun, verb (used with or without object), lustred, lustring. Chiefly British.
1.
luster1 .

luster1

[luhs-ter] /ˈlʌs tər/
noun
1.
the state or quality of shining by reflecting light; glitter, sparkle, sheen, or gloss:
the luster of satin.
2.
a substance, as a coating or polish, used to impart sheen or gloss.
3.
radiant or luminous brightness; brilliance; radiance.
4.
radiance of beauty, excellence, merit, distinction, or glory:
achievements that add luster to one's name.
5.
a shining object, especially one used for decoration, as a cut-glass pendant or ornament.
6.
a chandelier, candleholder, etc., ornamented with cut-glass pendants.
7.
any natural or synthetic fabric with a lustrous finish.
8.
Also called metallic luster. an iridescent metallic film produced on the surface of a ceramic glaze.
9.
Mineralogy. the nature of a mineral surface with respect to its reflective qualities:
greasy luster.
verb (used with object)
10.
to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.
verb (used without object)
11.
to be or become lustrous.
Also, especially British, lustre.
Origin of luster1
1515-1525
1515-25; < Middle French lustre < Italian lustro, derivative of lustrare to polish, purify < Latin lūstrāre to purify ceremonially, derivative of lūstrum lustrum
Related forms
lusterless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See polish.
Antonyms
1. dullness.

luster2

[luhs-ter] /ˈlʌs tər/
noun
1.
lustrum (def 1).
Also, especially British, lustre.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English lustre < Latin lūstrum. See lustrum
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Examples from the Web for lustre
Historical Examples
  • She thought only of him; she adored him in the lustre of his legendary nobility.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Her cheeks were glowing and the lustre of her eyes was like the sparkle of the stars.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • This was about the consistency of oil, and had the lustre he desired.

  • At this moment, they gleamed with a lustre almost demoniacal.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • It robbed her eyes of their brightness, her face of its colour, her hair of its lustre.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • I saw it, just as one might see the lustre of a trout's back as it rose to a fly.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • He explains the colour as possibly an attempt to represent the pearl's lustre.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • The lustre effects are not obtained unless the action of water is associated.

  • You could add no gracefulness to the gait, no lustre to the eye, no sweetness to the voice.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • His eyes are dark and penetrating, and beam with the lustre of genius.

British Dictionary definitions for lustre

lustre

/ˈlʌstə/
noun
1.
reflected light; sheen; gloss
2.
radiance or brilliance of light
3.
great splendour of accomplishment, beauty, etc
4.
a substance used to polish or put a gloss on a surface
5.
a vase or chandelier from which hang cut-glass drops
6.
a drop-shaped piece of cut glass or crystal used as a decoration on a chandelier, vase, etc
7.
  1. a shiny metallic surface on some pottery and porcelain
  2. (as modifier): lustre decoration
8.
(mineralogy) the way in which light is reflected from the surface of a mineral. It is one of the properties by which minerals are defined
verb
9.
to make, be, or become lustrous
Derived Forms
lustreless, (US) lusterless, adjective
lustrous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Old Italian lustro, from Latin lustrāre to make bright; related to lustrum
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Word Origin and History for lustre
n.

"gloss, radiance;" see luster (n.1).

luster

n.1

"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.)).

luster

n.2

"one who lusts," 1590s, agent noun from lust (v.).

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lustre in Science
luster
  (lŭs'tər)   
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.
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