luster

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[ 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.
Also especially British, lus·tre.

Origin of luster

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

OTHER WORDS FROM luster

lus·ter·less, adjective

Definition for luster (2 of 3)

luster2
[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /

noun

Also especially British, lus·tre.

Origin of luster

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

Definition for luster (3 of 3)

luster3
[ 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
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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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