- the state or quality of shining by reflecting light; glitter, sparkle, sheen, or gloss: the luster of satin.
- a substance, as a coating or polish, used to impart sheen or gloss.
- radiant or luminous brightness; brilliance; radiance.
- radiance of beauty, excellence, merit, distinction, or glory: achievements that add luster to one's name.
- a shining object, especially one used for decoration, as a cut-glass pendant or ornament.
- a chandelier, candleholder, etc., ornamented with cut-glass pendants.
- any natural or synthetic fabric with a lustrous finish.
- Also called metallic luster. an iridescent metallic film produced on the surface of a ceramic glaze.
- Mineralogy. the nature of a mineral surface with respect to its reflective qualities: greasy luster.
- to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.
- to be or become lustrous.
Origin of luster1
Examples from the Web for lustring
I saw the king in a suit of lustring trimmed with gold lace, and black silk stockings on his legs.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The lustring company was established by patent, and the parliament met on the fourth day of November.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.
Then she arose from her sofa, clashing the folds of her tilter until the room was full of lustring mockery.The ghosts of their ancestors
Weymer Jay Mills
- a glossy silk cloth, formerly used for clothing, upholstery, etc
- reflected light; sheen; gloss
- radiance or brilliance of light
- great splendour of accomplishment, beauty, etc
- a substance used to polish or put a gloss on a surface
- a vase or chandelier from which hang cut-glass drops
- a drop-shaped piece of cut glass or crystal used as a decoration on a chandelier, vase, etc
- a shiny metallic surface on some pottery and porcelain
- (as modifier)lustre decoration
- mineralogy the way in which light is reflected from the surface of a mineral. It is one of the properties by which minerals are defined
- to make, be, or become lustrous
Word Origin and History for lustring
"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.)).
"gloss, radiance;" see luster (n.1).
"one who lusts," 1590s, agent noun from lust (v.).
- 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.