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lustered

[luhs-terd]
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adjective
  1. having or finished with a luster.
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Origin of lustered

First recorded in 1855–60; luster1 + -ed3
Related formsun·lus·tered, adjective

luster

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[luhs-ter]
noun
  1. the state or quality of shining by reflecting light; glitter, sparkle, sheen, or gloss: the luster of satin.
  2. a substance, as a coating or polish, used to impart sheen or gloss.
  3. radiant or luminous brightness; brilliance; radiance.
  4. radiance of beauty, excellence, merit, distinction, or glory: achievements that add luster to one's name.
  5. a shining object, especially one used for decoration, as a cut-glass pendant or ornament.
  6. a chandelier, candleholder, etc., ornamented with cut-glass pendants.
  7. any natural or synthetic fabric with a lustrous finish.
  8. Also called metallic luster. an iridescent metallic film produced on the surface of a ceramic glaze.
  9. Mineralogy. the nature of a mineral surface with respect to its reflective qualities: greasy luster.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be or become lustrous.
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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

Synonyms for luster

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1. See polish.

Antonyms for luster

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Related Words for lustered

gild, lacquer, finish, polish, enamel, wash, coat, gloss, cover, surface, luster, paint, glaze, decorate, wax, adorn, shellac, veneer, japan, shine

Examples from the Web for lustered

Historical Examples of lustered

  • They went through the orchard where the pears and pippins were lustered by the sheen and glister of the moon.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

  • How delicately flushed she was and how her gray eyes were lustered with joy of the evening, or perhaps with fortunate tidings.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie


Word Origin and History for lustered

luster

n.1

"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.)).

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luster

n.2

"one who lusts," 1590s, agent noun from lust (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lustered in Science

luster

[lŭstər]
  1. 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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