Luster definition

lŭstər
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The surface glossiness of ceramic ware after glazing, especially the metallic sheen of lusterware.
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To add glory or fame to.
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The appearance of a mineral surface judged by its brilliance and ability to reflect light.
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Any of various substances, such as wax or glaze, used to give an object a gloss or polish.
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Brightness; radiance; brilliance.
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A substance used to give luster to an object.
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A fabric having a glossy surface.
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To give a gloss, glaze, or sheen to.
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To give or add glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor to.
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To be or become lustrous.
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The quality, condition, or fact of shining by reflected light; gloss; sheen.
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The reflecting quality and brilliance of the surface of a mineral.
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To give a lustrous finish or gloss to.
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To be or become lustrous.
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The shine from the surface of a mineral. Luster is important in describing different kinds of minerals. It is usually characterized as metallic, glassy, pearly, or dull.
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After so many years in the same field, the job had lost its luster.

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Brilliance or radiance of light; brightness.
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Glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor, as of achievement, reputation, or beauty.
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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.

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A glossy fabric of cotton and wool.
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A metallic, sometimes iridescent, appearance given to pottery by a glaze.
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Radiant beauty.
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Great fame or distinction; glory.
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Any of the glass pendants on a chandelier or candlestick.
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A chandelier, etc. adorned with such pendants.
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(US) Alternative spelling of lustre.; shine, polish or sparkle.

He polished the brass doorknob to a high luster.

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Refinement, polish or quality.

He spoke with all the lustre a seasoned enthusiast should have.

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A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, etc. generally of an ornamental character.

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A substance that imparts lustre to a surface, such as plumbago or a glaze.
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A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, used for women's dresses.
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(intransitive) To gleam, have luster.
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To give luster, distinguish.
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To give a coating or other treatment to impart physical luster.
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A lustrum, quinquennium, a period of five years, originally the interval between Roman censuses.
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One who lusts.
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Soft reflected light; sheen.
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A glass pendant, especially on a chandelier.
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A decorative object, such as a chandelier, that gives off light.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
luster
Plural:
lusters

Origin of luster

  • French lustre from Old French from Old Italian lustro from lustrare to make bright from Latin lūstrāre from lūstrum purification leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French lustre, from Old Italian lustro, from Latin lustrare (“to brighten"), akin to lux (“light")

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin lustrum, from lustrare, cognate with the above

    From Wiktionary

  • lust +"Ž -er

    From Wiktionary