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luster

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[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /
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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.

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Also especially British, lus·tre .

Origin of luster

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First recorded in 1515–25; from Middle French lustre, from Italian lustro, derivative of lustrare “to polish, purify,” from Latin lūstrāre “to purify ceremonially,” derivative of lūstrum lustrum

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1. See polish.

OTHER WORDS FROM luster

lus·ter·less, adjective

Definition for luster (2 of 3)

luster2
[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /

noun

a person who lusts: a luster after power.

Origin of luster

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First recorded in 1585–95; lust + -er1

Definition for luster (3 of 3)

luster3
[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /

noun

Also especially British, lus·tre .

Origin of luster

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English lustre, from Latin lūstrum lustrum
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Scientific 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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