- 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 lustre
She thought only of him; she adored him in the lustre of his legendary nobility.The Dream
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
- reflected light; sheen; gloss
- radiance or brilliance of light
- great splendour of accomplishment, beauty, etc
- a substance used to polish or put a gloss on a surface
- a vase or chandelier from which hang cut-glass drops
- a drop-shaped piece of cut glass or crystal used as a decoration on a chandelier, vase, etc
- a shiny metallic surface on some pottery and porcelain
- (as modifier)lustre decoration
- 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
- to make, be, or become lustrous
Word Origin and History for lustre
"gloss, radiance;" see 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.)).
"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.