lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs \

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

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The rapper matched her lustrous, waist-length extensions to her silver jumpsuit, and added another element of wow-worthy beauty to her glam by way of sunset eyes. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Wore Silver Hair and Sunset-Colored Makeup," 14 Nov. 2018 One of the hottest beauty trends for fall, look-at-me lips, may also be the most intimidating. While some women think nothing of applying a lustrous cherry lacquer and walking out the door, many of us worry about looking like a clown. Alexandra Parnass, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Bright, Full Lips," 20 Aug. 2013 Each is available in lustrous black or indigo blue and decorates a passel of products, from teapots and coffee mugs to fruit bowls and dinner plates. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "A New Transferware Collaboration From Ralph Lauren and Burleigh," 11 Dec. 2018 Think of it as just slightly more lustrous than velvet. Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "Beautyblender Launches Its Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation," 18 July 2018 In the film, Sanaa plays Violet, a fancy ad exec with a perfect life; a fine long-term boyfriend; and lustrous hair that her mom (still) hot-combs every week. Tia Williams, Glamour, "Dear Black Moms, It's on Us to Dismantle What 'Good Hair' Means for Our Daughters," 24 Sep. 2018 Over time, the silver will also develop a lustrous and desired patina. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "How To Polish Your Silver," 9 Dec. 2013 Louise Stroe, 51, a native of Denmark who now lives in Woodside, creates jewelry at Peace à Porter, inspired by ancient and tribal jewelry and includes lustrous Tahitian pearls. Mandy Behbehani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Indie fashion lines band together with SF Bay Makers," 14 June 2018 The two houses are lined with shelves holding more than 18,000 rare volumes, their spines a lustrous study in earth tones. Andy Newman,, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of lustrous

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lustrous was in 1601

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lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs\

Kids Definition of lustrous

: having a shiny quality a lustrous marble counter

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