[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lusterless

Word Origin and History for lusterless
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for lusterless


[ 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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