from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Soft reflected light; sheen.
  • n. Brilliance or radiance of light; brightness.
  • n. Glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor, as of achievement, reputation, or beauty.
  • n. A glass pendant, especially on a chandelier.
  • n. A decorative object, such as a chandelier, that gives off light.
  • n. Any of various substances, such as wax or glaze, used to give an object a gloss or polish.
  • n. The surface glossiness of ceramic ware after glazing, especially the metallic sheen of lusterware.
  • n. A fabric, such as alpaca, having a glossy surface.
  • n. The appearance of a mineral surface judged by its brilliance and ability to reflect light.
  • transitive v. To give a gloss, glaze, or sheen to.
  • transitive v. To give or add glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor to.
  • intransitive v. To be or become lustrous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Shine, polish or sparkle.
  • n. By extension, brilliance, attractiveness or splendor.
  • n. Refinement, polish or quality.
  • v. To gleam, have luster
  • v. To give luster, distinguish
  • v. To give a coating or other treatment to impart physical luster
  • n. A lustrum, quinquennium, a period of five years, originally the interval between Roman censuses
  • n. One who lusts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who lusts.
  • n. A period of five years; a lustrum.
  • n. Brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter.
  • n. Renown; splendor; distinction; glory.
  • n. A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, or the like, generally of an ornamental character.
  • n. The appearance of the surface of a mineral as affected by, or dependent upon, peculiarities of its reflecting qualities.
  • n. A substance which imparts luster to a surface, as graphite and some of the glazes.
  • n. A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, -- used for women's dresses.
  • transitive v. To make lustrous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impart luster or gloss to.
  • n. One who lusts; one inflamed with lust.
  • n. The quality of shining; brilliancy or refulgence, from inherent constitution or artificial polish; splendor; glow; sheen; gloss: as, the luster of the stars, or of gold.
  • n. In mineralogy, a variation in the nature of the reflecting surface of minerals.
  • n. The state or quality of being illustrious or famous; brilliant distinction; brilliancy, as of a person, a deed, an event, or the like.
  • n. A branched candelabrum or chandelier or namented with prisms or pendants of glass.
  • n. The quality of glossiness or brilliancy in a textile material or in a finished fabric: as, the luster of wool or of satin.
  • n. A thin and light kind of poplin.
  • n. Synonyms Refulgence.
  • n. Glory, celebrity.
  • n. 1 and Effulgence, Brilliance, etc. See radiance.
  • n. Same as lustrum.
  • n. The den or abode of a wild beast.
  • n. A material applied to the surface of something in order to produce a lustrous appearance.
  • n. In ceramics, a metallic glaze containing gold applied to pottery or porcelain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quality that outshines the usual
  • n. the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
  • n. a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French 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.

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

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From Latin lustrum, from lustrare, cognate with the above

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lust +‎ -er



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  • Also lustre.

    June 4, 2010