• Luster

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ʌstə(r)

    Origin 1

    Alternative forms

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

    Full definition of luster

    Noun

    luster

    (plural lusters)
    1. (US) Alternative spelling of lustre; shine, polish or sparkle.''He polished the brass doorknob to a high luster.
      • AddisonThe scorching sun was mounted high,
        In all its lustre, to the noonday sky.
    2. By extension, brilliance, attractiveness or splendor.''After so many years in the same field, the job had lost its luster.
      • Sir H. WottonHis ancestors continued about four hundred years, rather without obscurity than with any great lustre.
    3. Refinement, polish or quality.''He spoke with all the lustre a seasoned enthusiast should have.
    4. A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, etc. generally of an ornamental character.
    5. A substance that imparts lustre to a surface, such as plumbago or a glaze.
    6. A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, used for women's dresses.

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    Verb

    1. (intransitive) To gleam, have luster
    2. (transitive) To give luster, distinguish
    3. (transitive) To give a coating or other treatment to impart physical luster

    Origin 2

    From Latin lustrum, from lustrare, cognate with the above

    Noun

    luster

    (plural lusters)
    1. A lustrum, quinquennium, a period of five years, originally the interval between Roman censuses
      • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.4.2.ii:Mesue and some other Arabians began to reject and reprehend it; upon whose authority, for many following lusters, it was much debased and quite out of request ....

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    Origin 3

    Noun

    luster

    (plural lusters)
    1. One who lusts.
      • Bible, PaulNeither fornicators, nor those who serve idols, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor the lusters after mankind ... shall obtain the kingdom of God.----
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