- The definition of luster is a brightness, shine or special quality, or great fame or honor.
- When brass is very shiny, this is an example of a time when brass has a special luster.
- When a famous person comes to a celebration, this is an example of a time when he adds luster to the celebration.
This brass has a nice luster.
- the quality, condition, or fact of shining by reflected light; gloss; sheen
- brightness; radiance; brilliance
- radiant beauty
- great fame or distinction; glory
- any of the glass pendants on a chandelier or candlestick
- a chandelier, etc. adorned with such pendants
- a substance used to give luster to an object
- a glossy fabric of cotton and wool
- the reflecting quality and brilliance of the surface of a mineral
- a metallic, sometimes iridescent, appearance given to pottery by a glaze
Origin of lusterFrench lustre ; from Italian lustro ; from lustrare ; from Classical Latin to light, illumine ; from lustrum, lustrum
- to give a lustrous finish or gloss to
- to add glory or fame to
- Soft reflected light; sheen.
- Brilliance or radiance of light; brightness.
- Glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor, as of achievement, reputation, or beauty.
- A glass pendant, especially on a chandelier.
- A decorative object, such as a chandelier, that gives off light.
- Any of various substances, such as wax or glaze, used to give an object a gloss or polish.
- The surface glossiness of ceramic ware after glazing, especially the metallic sheen of lusterware.
- A fabric having a glossy surface.
- The appearance of a mineral surface judged by its brilliance and ability to reflect light.
verblus·tered, lus·ter·ing, lus·ters
- To give a gloss, glaze, or sheen to.
- To give or add glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor to.
Origin of lusterFrench lustre, from Old French, from Old Italian lustro, from lustrare, to make bright, from Latin lūstrāre, from lūstrum, purification; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
- (US) Alternative spelling of lustre.; shine, polish or sparkle.
- He polished the brass doorknob to a high luster.
- By extension, brilliance, attractiveness or splendor.
- After so many years in the same field, the job had lost its luster.
- Refinement, polish or quality.
- He spoke with all the lustre a seasoned enthusiast should have.
- A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, etc. generally of an ornamental character.
- A substance that imparts lustre to a surface, such as plumbago or a glaze.
- A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, used for women's dresses.
(third-person singular simple present lusters, present participle lustering, simple past and past participle lustered)
- One who lusts.