dust·​er | \ˈdəs-tər \

Definition of duster 

1 : one that removes dust

2a(1) : a long lightweight overgarment to protect clothing from dust

(2) : a long coat cut like a duster

called also duster coat

b : a dress-length housecoat

3 : one that scatters fine particles specifically : a device for applying insecticidal or fungicidal dusts to crops

Examples of duster in a Sentence

He wore a tan duster.

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Congress would address grazing issues and vote to establish the Soil Conservation Service, whose measures, such as planting windbreaks and seeding grasses, did much to head off future black dusters. John F. Ross, WSJ, "The Prophet of the Dust Bowl," 14 June 2018 In Tokyo, Khloé teamed her beaded design with a black duster, turquoise tassel earrings and bright blue ombré eyeshadow for a pregnancy photo shoot in her hotel room shower. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Khloé Kardashian's Sexy Tokyo Mini Dress Is Straight from Kim Kardashian's Closet," 28 Feb. 2018 Patent leather has slipped from the forefront as worn leather reappeared, either as an accent or a full length, heavy leather duster, as in Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein F/W ’18 show. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio Are Shooting a New Movie or a Balenciaga Ad Campaign," 28 June 2018 As guests sipped on Hungarian Kreinbacher sparkling wine, Rumer Willis dipped into the racks to borrow one of the label’s coveted faux leather puffer coats and Allie Kaplan threw a denim duster coat over her animal-print Nanushka jumpsuit. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Langley Fox, Aubrey Plaza, and the Willis Sisters Celebrate the Nanushka Pop-Up in Los Angeles," 31 May 2018 Microfiber dusters also work on delicate fabrics that might suffer from vacuuming. 5. Debbie Carlson, chicagotribune.com, "5 areas to tackle during spring cleaning," 22 May 2018 March 10, 2018 Kardashian sported a silk minidress and pink duster for her baby shower. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Evolution of Khloé Kardashian's Baby Bump," 9 Apr. 2018 There are no blunt bobs and leather dusters like in last summer’s Atomic Blonde, nor any drab and utilitarian cargo pants or knits like those once worn by Jason Bourne. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Killing Eve Is the Most Fashionable Show on TV," 27 Apr. 2018 The master crafter recently teamed up with the ladies from must-read style site WhoWhatWear to tackle Chanel's dangling chain shoulder-dusters from Spring '11. Elana Fishman, Marie Claire, "DIY-Not? Bloggers Get Crafty with Do-It-Yourself Accessories," 11 Apr. 2011

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First Known Use of duster

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of duster

: something that removes dust

: a device that is used by farmers to spray chemicals (such as pesticides) over a large area

: a long light coat

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