luster

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noun (1)

lus·​ter ˈlə-stər How to pronounce luster (audio)
variants or lustre
1
: a glow of reflected light : sheen
specifically : the appearance of the surface of a mineral dependent upon its reflecting qualities
the luster of polished metal
2
a
: a glow of light from within : luminosity
the luster of the stars
b
: an inner beauty : radiance
3
: a superficial (see superficial sense 2a) attractiveness or appearance of excellence
scandals have diminished his luster
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: a glass pendant (see pendant sense 1a) used especially to ornament a candlestick or chandelier
b
: a decorative object (such as a chandelier) hung with glass pendants
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chiefly British : a fabric with cotton warp and a filling of wool, mohair, or alpaca
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lusterless adjective

luster

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verb

variants or lustre
lustered or lustred; lustering or lustring ˈlə-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce luster (audio)

intransitive verb

: to have luster : gleam

transitive verb

1
: to give luster or distinction to
2
: to coat or treat with a substance that imparts luster

luster

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noun (2)

variants or lustre
: a period of five years : lustrum sense 2

Examples of luster in a Sentence

Noun (1) the Hope diamond is famous for its brilliant luster on a clear night at sea the stars seem to take on a magical luster Verb her pearl necklace lustered softly in the candlelight of the restaurant
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Reminder of civic virtue Even as the Senate has lost some of its prestige and luster, the House is seen as a lower rung on the ladder of U.S. politics. Daniel Wirls, The Conversation, 16 May 2024 An innovative option will lead to unexpected stability and a connection to someone who can add luster to your life. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 16 May 2024 But despite the parties on the sparkling Riviera, the red-carpet haute couture and the superficial gloss of the entertainment industry, the movie business has lost some of its luster. Brent Lang, Variety, 9 May 2024 But as autonomous vehicles have lost some of their luster, Luminar and other supportive players have fallen on hard times. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 3 May 2024 Natural stones are losing their luster for some young consumers, who increasingly prioritize affordability and sustainability. Jasmine Li, Fortune, 1 May 2024 California As high-rise offices lose their luster, can this part of downtown L.A. find a way forward? Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2024 Business was steady, though not spectacular, and Oracle risked losing its luster. Tony Blair, TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 The romance may fall short, and the songs lack a certain luster, but the magic of the circus is winning. Shania Russell, EW.com, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Verb

verbal derivative of luster entry 1

Noun (2)

Middle English lustre, from Latin lustrum

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1528, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of luster was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Luster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luster. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

luster

noun
lus·​ter
variants or lustre
ˈləs-tər
1
: a shine or sheen especially from reflected light : gloss
2
: sparkling brilliance
3
: glory entry 1 sense 1a, splendor
the luster of a famous name
lusterless
-tər-ləs
adjective
lustrous
-trəs
adjective

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