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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Staying true to her classy persona, the busy star showed up to our Zoom meeting with flawless glowing skin and long and lustrous hair. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 20 Aug. 2021 Hummingbirds are beloved for their colorful and lustrous feathers, their ability to hover or fly in any direction and their high-energy lifestyle. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 This leads into a lobby surrounded with Macassar ebony wood walls and lustrous carpets. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2021 Their dark, lustrous leaves are grayish-white beneath. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 Over this, Frida’s aria slowly climbed, getting higher with each phrase, seemingly spurred on by chittering minor seconds in the right hand, only to strikingly fall on a lustrous low note. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2021 Aside from the term shed, which is in of itself a decidedly clever revelation, Pinkett Smith's share showcased a radiant complexion, free to shine in all its lustrous glory. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 13 July 2021 Should those basic bases be covered, a menu of products that resurface, hydrate, brighten, and refract will transmute even the dullest of skin to a surface far more lustrous. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2021 Oscar winner Robert De Niro packs a punch — and packs on a few pounds — to portray boxer Jake LaMotta in director Martin Scorsese’s hard-hitting 1980 bio-drama shot in lustrous black and white. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of lustrous

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Oct 2021

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“Lustrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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lus·​trous | \ ˈlə-strəs \

Kids Definition of lustrous

: having a shiny quality a lustrous marble counter

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