Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of luster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of luster. Shine, sheen gleam or polish.
  • n. By extension, interest, attractiveness, or splendor.
  • n. Refinement, polish, or quality.
  • v. To make lustrous.
  • n. A period of five years; a lustrum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as luster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See luster , etc.
  • n. See luster .

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

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

Etymologies

Latin lux, light (Wiktionary)
Latin lustrum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I almost didn't but this issue, as the lustre is gone.

    Straight for the art | Mark Waid on the perfect cover | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • Theophilus, after paying the same compliment, wished, as it concerned himself, to know what had been said; and glided to the other end of the shop, to look for the word lustre in Entick's dictionary.

    Camilla

  • You have lived long enough in the East and, as your writings show, observantly enough, to detect the pearl which lurks in the kitchen-midden, and to note that its lustre is not dimmed nor its value diminished by its unclean surroundings.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It is the Nobel Prize that gains lustre from the recipient

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1971 - Presentation Speech

  • All eyes were fixed upon me, and the sensation they conveyed was awfully impressive; but the keen, the penetrating eyes of Mr. Garrick, darting their lustre from the centre of the orchestra, were, beyond all others, the objects most conspicuous.

    Memoirs of Mary Robinson

  • "The loss of such a man, in such a crisis; of a man who possessed so large and growing a share of the public confidence, and whose administration has recently borrowed new lustre from the crowning achievements of our armies; of a ruler whom victory was inspiring with the wise and paternal magnanimity which sought to make the conciliation as cordial as the strife has been deadly: the loss of such a President, at such a conjuncture, is an afflicting dispensation which bows a disappointed and stricken nation in sorrow more deep, sincere, and universal than ever before supplicated the compassion of pitying Heaven."

    The Sin of Reviling, and Its Work

  • Those testimonials give a lustre, which is not to be despised; for the most ignorant are forced to seem, at least, to pay a regard to learning, as the most wicked are to virtue.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Juan expurgated, and yet displaying a galaxy of connected lustre, which is well calculated to throw a halo of splendour round the memory of Lord Byron.

    Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone Made During the Year 1819

  • This is partly owing to the dung of a vast multitude of sea-fowl, and partly to a coating of a hard glossy substance with a pearly lustre, which is intimately united to the surface of the rocks.

    Chapter I

  • And Susan Peckaby, a robe of purple, of the stuff called lustre, laid up in state, to be donned when the occasion came, passed her time, night and day, at her door and windows, looking out for the white donkey that was to bear her in triumph to New

    Verner's Pride

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  • After that, I followed him into a great hall illuminated by three copper lustres, and serving as a gallery between the other rooms.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 4

    September 12, 2008