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

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 These days, Keshi's hair grazes his collarbones in lustrous onyx waves. Devon Abelman, Allure, 25 Mar. 2022 Yet on Sunday, viewers will once again be tuning in to see how this year’s edition of the show, a work in perennially fitful progress, measures up to the shining ideal of the motion picture medium and its lustrous trappings. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 Overlooking the Salzach River, Burghausen Castle is a hardwearing 11th-century citadel capped with lustrous red tile roofs. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2022 An undulating window seat made from lustrous African mahogany is the perfect venue for curling up with a book or admiring the toy-size Manhattan Bridge. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 29 Apr. 2022 After 10 weeks of intensive testing designed to replicate four years of typical use, the car bears a few battle scars, but its paint remains lustrous and the panel gaps are perfect. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2022 The liquid is translucent and lustrous looking; but it could also be read as muddied water, spoiled soup or sickly bodily secretions. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 This is a confident, lustrous version and an apropos way to end an excellent night of music. Rodney Ho, ajc, 18 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, city scenes and glitzier themes make a case for ultra-sleek or adorned floral styles cut from shimmering brocade, jacquard, lustrous silk, and velvet. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Vogue, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lustrous

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Lustrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs \

Kids Definition of lustrous

: having a shiny quality a lustrous marble counter

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