luster

1
[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.

verb (used without object)

to be or become lustrous.

Nearby words

  1. lusitania,
  2. lusitanian,
  3. luso-,
  4. lusory,
  5. lust,
  6. luster painting,
  7. lustered,
  8. lusterer,
  9. lustering,
  10. lusterware

Also especially British, lus·tre.

Origin of luster

1
1515–25; < Middle French lustre < Italian lustro, derivative of lustrare to polish, purify < Latin lūstrāre to purify ceremonially, derivative of lūstrum lustrum

Related formslus·ter·less, adjective

luster

2
[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /

noun

Also especially British, lus·tre.

Origin of luster

2
1375–1425; late Middle English lustre < Latin lūstrum. See lustrum

luster

3
[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /

noun

a person who lusts: a luster after power.

Origin of luster

3
First recorded in 1585–95; lust + -er1

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Science definitions for luster

luster

[ lŭstər ]

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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