lustre

[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /

noun, verb (used with or without object), lus·tred, lus·tring. Chiefly British.

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luster1
[ 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

1
1515–25; < Middle French lustre < Italian lustro, derivative of lustrare to polish, purify < Latin lūstrāre to purify ceremonially, derivative of lūstrum lustrum

SYNONYMS FOR luster

1 See polish.

ANTONYMS FOR luster

OTHER WORDS FROM luster

lus·ter·less, adjective

Definition for lustre (3 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
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British Dictionary definitions for lustre

lustre

US luster

/ (ˈlʌstə) /

noun

verb

to make, be, or become lustrous

Derived forms of lustre

lustreless or US lusterless, adjectivelustrous, adjective

Word Origin for lustre

C16: from Old French, from Old Italian lustro, from Latin lustrāre to make bright; related to lustrum
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Scientific definitions for lustre

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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