lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs How to pronounce lustrous (audio) \

Definition of lustrous

1 : reflecting light evenly and efficiently without glitter or sparkle a lustrous satin the lustrous glow of an opal
2 : radiant in character or reputation : illustrious set a lustrous example for others to follow— Russell Grenfell

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Other Words from lustrous

lustrously adverb
lustrousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for lustrous

bright, brilliant, radiant, luminous, lustrous mean shining or glowing with light. bright implies emitting or reflecting a high degree of light. brilliant implies intense often sparkling brightness. radiant stresses the emission or seeming emission of rays of light. luminous implies emission of steady, suffused, glowing light by reflection or in surrounding darkness. lustrous stresses an even, rich light from a surface that reflects brightly without glittering.

Examples of lustrous in a Sentence

the lustrous finish on the satin bedspread adds to the feeling of luxury lustrous silver jewelry adorned her neck
Recent Examples on the Web Setting so much musky pink (the figure’s lustrous silk garment) against the deep brown of his subject’s skin, Gérôme exploits a heady harmony. Washington Post, "A masterpiece with a complicated afterlife," 30 Dec. 2020 To no one’s surprise anymore, the SXP X-Line sets a fine table inside: open-pore wood trim, lustrous metal accents, quilt-pattern leather seat upholstery that would make grandma misty. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 Kia Sorento: Finally, an SUV That’s the Right Size for Families," 16 Dec. 2020 The film, shot in lustrous black and white by Eric Messerschmidt, begins in 1940 with Mankiewicz holed up in enforced, boozeless semi-isolation in small-town Victorville, California. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Big personalities and politics: ‘Mank’ offers hijinks from old Hollywood," 2 Dec. 2020 To watch The Crown alongside The Reagans, Showtime’s new documentary series about America’s own lustrous ’80s-era dynasty, is to see four different models of female power colliding with history, and with one another. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "When Wives Ran the World," 20 Nov. 2020 Styles's One Direction days came with a lustrous mop of not-quite curls worn brushed across his forehead, fluffed up to voluminous heights, or pushed back by myriad fabric headbands. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "A Look Back at Harry Styles’s Iconic Hair Evolution," 13 Nov. 2020 With its smooth, lustrous leaves, Osmanthus fragrans could almost be mistaken for a laurel and can ultimately grow to 30 feet if left to its own devices. oregonlive, "These plants will bring fall color and fragrance to Oregon gardens," 6 Nov. 2020 The off-kilter rhythms feel both immersive and agitated, as if Fincher were trying to both hypnotize you and jolt you awake with his lustrous Old Hollywood homage. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Mank’ is a gorgeous dive into film history — and a sharp reflection on our political present," 6 Nov. 2020 Stage presence Henry has a lustrous soprano that can caress a ballad or shift to a supple belt. Elysa Gardner, New York Times, "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of lustrous

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lustrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs \

Kids Definition of lustrous

: having a shiny quality a lustrous marble counter

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