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
: 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
5
chiefly British : a fabric with cotton warp and a filling of wool, mohair, or alpaca
6
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

Example Sentences

Verb her pearl necklace lustered softly in the candlelight of the restaurant

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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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