a silk fabric of high sheen, formerly used in the manufacture of dresses.
a narrow ribbon finished with a high gloss.

Origin of lutestring

1655–65; by folk etymology < French lustrine < Italian lustrino. See luster1, -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lutestring

Historical Examples of lutestring

  • Look 'ee, now, at this lutestring piece I got to Penzance church-town.

    Beggars on Horseback

    F. Tennyson Jesse

  • This was all of a piece with his rage at Lutestring the day before.

  • Now a new singer, and anon a new colour in lutestring, or a new style of headdress, or a new game at cards.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • She sent me home a lutestring nightgown of the sweetest sea-green only yesterday.

    Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • So that those two poor little bits of lutestring ribbon were the only outward signs of new bereavement.


    Nancy Huston Banks

British Dictionary definitions for lutestring



textiles a variant of lustring
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