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luster

noun lus·ter \ˈləs-tər\

Definition of luster

  1. :  a period of five years :  lustrum 2



Variants of luster

or lus·tre play \ˈləs-tər\

Origin of luster

Middle English lustre, from Latin lustrum


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Calendar Terms


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luster

noun lus·ter

Definition of luster

  1. 1 :  a glow of reflected light :  sheen; specifically :  the appearance of the surface of a mineral dependent upon its reflecting qualities

  2. 2 a :  a glow of light from within :  luminosity b :  an inner beauty :  radiance

  3. 3 :  a superficial attractiveness or appearance of excellence

  4. 4 a :  a glass pendant used especially to ornament a candlestick or chandelier b :  a decorative object (as a chandelier) hung with glass pendants

  5. 5 chiefly British :  a fabric with cotton warp and a filling of wool, mohair, or alpaca

  6. 6 :  lusterware

lus·ter·less play \-tər-ləs\ adjective


Variants of luster

or lustre

Origin of luster

Middle French lustre, from Old Italian lustro, from lustrare to brighten, from Latin, to purify ceremonially, from lustrum


First Known Use: circa 1522

Other Mineralogy Terms


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luster

verb lus·ter

Definition of luster

lus·tered or lus·tredlus·ter·ing or lus·tring play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to have luster :  gleam

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to give luster or distinction to

  5. 2 :  to coat or treat with a substance that imparts luster



Examples of luster

  1. <her pearl necklace lustered softly in the candlelight of the restaurant>



1528

First Known Use of luster

1528

Variants of luster

or lustre


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