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[luhs-truh s] /ˈlʌs trəs/
having luster; shining; luminous:
lustrous eyes.
brilliant; splendid; resplendent; illustrious:
a lustrous career.
Origin of lustrous
First recorded in 1595-1605; lust(e)r1 + -ous
Related forms
lustrously, adverb
lustrousness, noun
hyperlustrous, adjective
hyperlustrously, adverb
hyperlustrousness, noun
nonlustrous, adjective
nonlustrously, adverb
nonlustrousness, noun
semilustrous, adjective
semilustrously, adverb
semilustrousness, noun
sublustrous, adjective
sublustrously, adverb
sublustrousness, noun
unlustrous, adjective
unlustrously, adverb
1. gleaming, radiant, glowing, shimmering. 2. refulgent, dazzling, gorgeous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The colouring is not so good; in the mass, it is not so lustrous, nor so varied.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • A beam from the Angel's lustrous eyes fell on a lady at the next table.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • His eyes were large, dark, and lustrous, the expression usually sad.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • His full eyelids were dreamily lowered over his lustrous eyes.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • And like the golden, lustrous gleaming of the snow he felt his own thirst bright in him.

    The Prussian Officer D. H. Lawrence
  • And, now we look again, she must sing with her eyes, they are so large and lustrous!

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • It was bright and lustrous, and every glance betokened a question.

Word Origin and History for lustrous

c.1600, from luster + -ous. Related: Lustrously; lustrousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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