having luster; shining; luminous: lustrous eyes.
brilliant; splendid; resplendent; illustrious: a lustrous career.

Origin of lustrous

First recorded in 1595–1605; lust(e)r1 + -ous
Related formslus·trous·ly, adverblus·trous·ness, nounhy·per·lus·trous, adjectivehy·per·lus·trous·ly, adverbhy·per·lus·trous·ness, nounnon·lus·trous, adjectivenon·lus·trous·ly, adverbnon·lus·trous·ness, nounsem·i·lus·trous, adjectivesem·i·lus·trous·ly, adverbsem·i·lus·trous·ness, nounsub·lus·trous, adjectivesub·lus·trous·ly, adverbsub·lus·trous·ness, nounun·lus·trous, adjectiveun·lus·trous·ly, adverb

Synonyms for lustrous

1. gleaming, radiant, glowing, shimmering. 2. refulgent, dazzling, gorgeous. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lustrous

Contemporary Examples of lustrous

Historical Examples of lustrous

  • The colouring is not so good; in the mass, it is not so lustrous, nor so varied.

  • A beam from the Angel's lustrous eyes fell on a lady at the next table.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • His eyes were large, dark, and lustrous, the expression usually sad.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • His full eyelids were dreamily lowered over his lustrous eyes.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • And like the golden, lustrous gleaming of the snow he felt his own thirst bright in him.

    The Prussian Officer

    D. H. Lawrence

Word Origin and History for lustrous

c.1600, from luster + -ous. Related: Lustrously; lustrousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper