lustrum

[luhs-truh m]
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noun, plural lus·trums, lus·tra [luhs-truh] /ˈlʌs trə/.
  1. Also luster; especially British, lustre. a period of five years.
  2. Roman History. a lustration or ceremonial purification of the people, performed every five years, after the taking of the census.

Origin of lustrum

1580–90; < Latin lūstrum; cf. luster1
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British Dictionary definitions for lustrum

lustrum

lustre

noun plural -trums or -tra (-trə)
  1. a period of five years

Word Origin for lustrum

C16: from Latin: ceremony of purification, from lustrāre to brighten, purify
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Word Origin and History for lustrum
n.

(plural lustra), "purification of the Roman people every five years," 1580s, from Latin lustrum, perhaps from root of luere "to wash," related to lavere (see lave). Or [Watkins, Klein] from PIE *leuk-stro-, from base *leuk- "light, brightness."

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