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n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of luster.


(ˈlʌstə) or


1. reflected light; sheen; gloss
2. radiance or brilliance of light
3. great splendour of accomplishment, beauty, etc
4. a substance used to polish or put a gloss on a surface
5. a vase or chandelier from which hang cut-glass drops
6. a drop-shaped piece of cut glass or crystal used as a decoration on a chandelier, vase, etc
7. (Ceramics)
a. a shiny metallic surface on some pottery and porcelain
b. (as modifier): lustre decoration.
8. (Geological Science) mineralogy the way in which light is reflected from the surface of a mineral. It is one of the properties by which minerals are defined
to make, be, or become lustrous
[C16: from Old French, from Old Italian lustro, from Latin lustrāre to make bright; related to lustrum]
ˈlustreless, ˈlusterless adj
ˈlustrous adj


(ˈlʌs tər)
1. the state or quality of shining by reflecting light: the luster of satin.
2. a substance, as a coating or polish, used to impart sheen or gloss.
3. radiant or luminous brightness; brilliance.
4. radiance of beauty, excellence, distinction, or glory: achievements that add luster to one's name.
5. a shining ornament, as a cut-glass pendant.
6. a chandelier, candleholder, etc., ornamented with cut-glass pendants.
7. any fabric with a lustrous finish.
8. an iridescent metallic film produced on the surface of a ceramic glaze.
9. the nature of a mineral surface with respect to its reflective qualities.
10. to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.
[1515–25; < Middle French lustre < Italian lustro, derivative of lustrare to polish, purify < Latin lūstrāre to purify ceremonially]
lus′ter•less, adj.


(ˈlʌs tər)

[1375–1425; lustre < Latin]

lustrum, luster, lustre

a period of five years.
See also: Calendar


Past participle: lustred
Gerund: lustring

I lustre
you lustre
he/she/it lustres
we lustre
you lustre
they lustre
I lustred
you lustred
he/she/it lustred
we lustred
you lustred
they lustred
Present Continuous
I am lustring
you are lustring
he/she/it is lustring
we are lustring
you are lustring
they are lustring
Present Perfect
I have lustred
you have lustred
he/she/it has lustred
we have lustred
you have lustred
they have lustred
Past Continuous
I was lustring
you were lustring
he/she/it was lustring
we were lustring
you were lustring
they were lustring
Past Perfect
I had lustred
you had lustred
he/she/it had lustred
we had lustred
you had lustred
they had lustred
I will lustre
you will lustre
he/she/it will lustre
we will lustre
you will lustre
they will lustre
Future Perfect
I will have lustred
you will have lustred
he/she/it will have lustred
we will have lustred
you will have lustred
they will have lustred
Future Continuous
I will be lustring
you will be lustring
he/she/it will be lustring
we will be lustring
you will be lustring
they will be lustring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lustring
you have been lustring
he/she/it has been lustring
we have been lustring
you have been lustring
they have been lustring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lustring
you will have been lustring
he/she/it will have been lustring
we will have been lustring
you will have been lustring
they will have been lustring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lustring
you had been lustring
he/she/it had been lustring
we had been lustring
you had been lustring
they had been lustring
I would lustre
you would lustre
he/she/it would lustre
we would lustre
you would lustre
they would lustre
Past Conditional
I would have lustred
you would have lustred
he/she/it would have lustred
we would have lustred
you would have lustred
they would have lustred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lustre - a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain
glaze - a coating for ceramics, metal, etc.
2.lustre - a quality that outshines the usuallustre - a quality that outshines the usual  
brightness - the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
3.lustre - the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, effulgence, radiance - the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light


1. sparkle, shine, glow, glitter, dazzle, gleam, gloss, brilliance, sheen, shimmer, glint, brightness, radiance, burnish, resplendence, lambency, luminousness Gold retains its lustre for far longer than other metals.
2. excitement, kick (informal), pleasure, thrill, sensation, tingle Is your relationship starting to lose its lustre?
3. glory, honour, fame, distinction, prestige, renown, illustriousness The team is relying too much on names that have lost their lustre.
لَمَعان، بَريق
ljómi, gljái


luster (US) [ˈlʌstəʳ] Nlustre m, brillo m


[ˈlʌstər] (British) luster (US) nlustre m, brillant m


, (US) luster
Schimmer m, → schimmernder Glanz; (in eyes) → Glanz m
(fig)Glanz m, → Ruhm m


lus£ter (Am) [ˈlʌstəʳ] nlustro, splendore m


(American) luster (ˈlastə) noun
shininess or brightness. Her hair had a brilliant lustre.
ˈlustrous (-trəs) adjective
References in classic literature ?
One had listened to a traveller's tale of this marvellous stone in his own distant country, and had immediately been seized with such a thirst for beholding it as could only be quenched in its intensest lustre.
But Pip loved life, and all life's peaceable securities; so that the panic-striking business in which he had somehow unaccountably become entrapped, had most sadly blurred his brightness; though, as ere long will be seen, what was thus temporarily subdued in him, in the end was destined to be luridly illumined by strange wild fires, that fictitiously showed him off to ten times the natural lustre with which in his native Tolland County in Connecticut, he had once enlivened many a fiddler's frolic on the green; and at melodious even-tide, with his gay ha-ha
Barnaby, heavily ironed as he was, if he had obeyed his first impulse, or if he had been alone, would have made his way back to the side of Hugh, who to his clouded intellect now shone forth with the new lustre of being his preserver and truest friend.
Nobody could bargain with greater obstinacy, and as for cleanliness, the lustre on her brass sauce-pans was the envy and despair of other servants.
By the exertions of their valour our adversaries have but added a greater lustre to our arms.
And now, as the night was senescent, And star-dials pointed to morn -- As the star-dials hinted of morn -- At the end of our path a liquescent And nebulous lustre was born, Out of which a miraculous crescent Arose with a duplicate horn -- Astarte's bediamonded crescent, Distinct with its duplicate horn.
Partly from its peculiar colour, partly from a superstition which represented it as feeling the influence of the deity whom it adorned, and growing and lessening in lustre with the waxing and waning of the moon, it first gained the name by which it continues to be known in India to this day--the name of THE MOONSTONE.
Seated within the shop, sidelong to the window with his pale face bent earnestly over some delicate piece of mechanism on which was thrown the concentrated lustre of a shade lamp, appeared a young man.
Everything will it give YOU, if YE worship it, the new idol: thus it purchaseth the lustre of your virtue, and the glance of your proud eyes.
Thus by degrees the intellectual lustre of the Priestly Order would wane, and the road would then lie open for a total destruction of all Aristocratic Legislature and for the subversion of our Privileged Classes.
She drew another match against the wall: it was again light, and in the lustre there stood the old grandmother, so bright and radiant, so mild, and with such an expression of love.
Her black eyes had a lustre in them, which all her softness could not extinguish.