- 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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Origin of luster2
- a person who lusts: a luster after power.
Origin of luster3
Related Wordsbrightness, brilliance, shimmer, sparkle, glitter, sheen, glow, resplendence, effulgence, radiance, gleam, glaze, dazzle, iridescence, brilliancy, burnish, glint, polish, lambency, refulgence
Examples from the Web for luster
Yet when our speedster pauses for just a moment, the luster of The Flash fades.‘The Flash’ Review: Teen Angst Gets a Comic Book Quickie
October 7, 2014
He has already developed a hair product that enhances the luster of red hair and has plans for more products.Redheads Are Sexy, Dammit!
September 2, 2014
Needless to say, the gallows humor that is a hallmark of my former profession has lost much of its luster.The Many Scandals Of The Prisoner X Affair
February 21, 2013
Luster says he believed his antiques and other possessions would be sold, with the proceeds going to his two young children.
That never happened, and Luster declared bankruptcy while sitting in prison.
Her face was sallow and dry, and the luster had gone from her black hair.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Holding toward the lamp a glass, clear as crystal, with luster like a gem.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
He took it up and passed the luster of it slowly through his fingers.The Trimming of Goosie
Every time I come here I do the best I can to keep the luster to his name.The Lure of the Mask
Her lifted veil made a fine mist above the luster of her eyes.The Coast of Chance
Word Origin and History for luster
"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.