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lustre

[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /
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noun, verb (used with or without object), lus·tred, lus·tring. Chiefly British.

luster1.

Nearby words

lustihood, lustily, lustral, lustrate, lustrative, lustre, lustreware, lustring, lustrous, lustrously, lustrum

Definition for lustre (2 of 3)

luster

1
[ 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
Related formslus·ter·less, adjective

Definition for lustre (3 of 3)

luster

2
[ 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 Formslustreless 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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Science 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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