[ luhs-truhl ]
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  1. of, relating to, or employed in the lustrum, or rite of purification.

  2. occurring every five years; quinquennial.

Origin of lustral

From the Latin word lūstrālis, dating back to 1525–35. See lustrum, -al1

Words Nearby lustral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lustral in a sentence

  • They built others in other cities; but still they had a horror of tapers, lustral water, pontifical habits, etc.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • Another suggestion is that he holds as often a lustral, or laurel bough, that he is figured as Daphnephoros, “Laurel-Bearer.”

    Ancient Art and Ritual | Jane Ellen Harrison
  • It consisted in washing the hands, and sometimes the whole body, in lustral or consecrated water.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry | Albert G. Mackey
  • The boy through whose hand the water flows is from the Lacedemonians, but neither of the vessels for lustral water.

  • Ablutions and lustral purifications formed an article of faith with the Jew and Moslem, with whom cleanliness is godliness.

    Gatherings From Spain | Richard Ford

British Dictionary definitions for lustral


/ (ˈlʌstrəl) /

  1. of or relating to a ceremony of purification

  2. taking place at intervals of five years; quinquennial

Origin of lustral

C16: from Latin lūstrālis adj from lustrum

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