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 And once a lustrous dark curtain, my hair had taken on an alarming transparent quality. Ning Chao, Marie Claire, "How to Deal With Thinning Hair," 1 May 2020 There is distinctly detailed information hidden in the glint of light reflected from a lustrous object. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Virtual Reality—and Spying—Lies in a Bag of Potato Chips," 31 Mar. 2020 Satin is slightly less lustrous than semi-gloss, and can appear to be both flat and glossy, depending on the lighting in the room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Choosing the Right Paint Finish: Eggshell Vs. Satin," 25 Feb. 2019 As the lustrous feedstock for the digital hearts of most modern gadgets, silicon and lithium are a dynamic duo on par with Batman and Robin. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries," 5 Feb. 2020 The new bathroom features a standalone Native Trails soaking tub and a shower stall lined with lustrous herringbone tiles but missing one key component: doors. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Inside Leanne Ford’s Winning Rock the Block House," 26 Dec. 2019 Or to learn that the lustrous floor is made of boards of longleaf pine, salvaged from the original floor joists. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "An Education in Sarasota Styles," 25 Jan. 2020 Just like cleaning brass to get that lustrous copper glow, most copper can be shined with items hiding within your pantry. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Clean Copper so It Goes From Green to Great," 14 Jan. 2020 Hummingbirds aren’t the only birds that are iridescent, meaning that when light strikes their feathers it is scattered to create a lustrous glint that changes depending on the viewing angle. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Hummingbirds get their wild coloring from ‘air-filled pancakes’ in their feathers," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lustrous

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2020

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“Lustrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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