lus·​trous ˈlə-strəs How to pronounce lustrous (audio)
: reflecting light evenly and efficiently without glitter or sparkle
a lustrous satin
the lustrous glow of an opal
: radiant in character or reputation : illustrious
set a lustrous example for others to followRussell Grenfell
lustrously adverb
lustrousness noun
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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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Lustrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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