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 The fly touched down on Vice President Pence’s lustrous white hair midway through the vice-presidential debate on Wednesday night. Washington Post, "‘Harris/Fly 2024’: Debate viewers couldn’t look away from the bug on Pence’s head," 8 Oct. 2020 The repair shops are a sensory delight, filled with shiny brass and lustrous wood, with students tapping, pounding and scraping. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Red Wing college is home to elite program in musical instrument repair," 4 Oct. 2020 With lustrous, wet-look hair and skin that shined to fresh-out-of-the-water effect, the mermaid beauty sent a distinct message: Sea and be seen. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Versace, Wet Hair and Red Lips Offer a Cool Twist on Mermaid Beauty," 26 Sep. 2020 Reaching 3 to 8 feet tall, with red stems and lustrous purple berries in fall, poke weed can be quite attractive. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: On managing poke weed and snakes," 24 Sep. 2020 For example, Musk plans to phase out cobalt in its battery cathodes in favor of nickel, a silvery lustrous metal found in mines across the globe, with high concentrations of nickel ore in Indonesia, Russia, Canada, and the Philippines. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Finally Reveals His Grand Plans to Revolutionize the Battery," 24 Sep. 2020 Charlotte Tilbury’s Goldgasm highlighting wand adds a lustrous finish, as does a wash of shimmery shadow at eye level. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Addison Rae on Faux Freckles, TikTok Fame, and Her Go-To Glowy Makeup Look," 23 Sep. 2020 Aesthetically, this is the best-looking scope in the field, with elegant proportions framing its lustrous 30mm tube. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 17 Best New Versatile Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 His body was covered in a white sheet, ice packs placed on his torso, his beautiful eyelashes long and lustrous against his skin. Julian Cummings, CNN, "Sister of slain tech CEO Fahim Saleh pays emotional tribute to her brother," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of lustrous

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lustrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs \

Kids Definition of lustrous

: having a shiny quality a lustrous marble counter

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