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 Even at the end, with the ensemble at full cry, Mena chose clarity over volume, lustrous color over harsh attacks. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Conductor Juanjo Mena summons power without noise," 24 Nov. 2019 The 19-year-old is working on the factory shop floor in south London, learning how to mix lustrous paints that bear the names of iconic locations around the capital: Bond Street. Washington Post, "For businesses, Brexit is happening already," 25 Oct. 2019 The most abundant naturally occurring form of lead is in galena, a lustrous metallic mineral made of lead and silver. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Lead Is Stronger Than Steel If You Compress It Enough," 18 Nov. 2019 A24/Everett Collection In Barry Jenkins’ lustrous coming-of-age story Moonlight, Mahershala Ali plays Juan, a Miami drug dealer who goes out of his way to help a scrawny little kid who’s being picked on by his classmates. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The 10 Best Movie Performances of the 2010s," 14 Nov. 2019 Affectionately known as the 'Welsh Pirlo', Allen made 132 appearances in four years while at Anfield, with his hair growing increasingly lustrous with each passing season., "Remembering the Lineup of the Last Liverpool Side to Lose at Home in the Champions League," 6 Nov. 2019 The strings in the first movement were as lustrous as can be, the clarinet of principal Afendi Yusuf bewitching, and on the snare drum, principal percussionist Marc Damoulakis very nearly did bring the group to a halt. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra champions the overlooked with Hamelin, Slobodeniouk," 25 Oct. 2019 Sparkling hollows filled with lustrous crystals, dubbed geodes, are often perceived as small objects that can fit comfortably on a bookshelf. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "These human-size crystals formed in especially strange ways," 22 Oct. 2019 But upon closer inspection, the lustrous space is really comprised of 1.6 million scarab beetle wing casings. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "A Tour of the World’s Most Spectacular Ceilings," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of lustrous

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lustrous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs \

Kids Definition of lustrous

: having a shiny quality a lustrous marble counter

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