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


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French lustre, from Old Italian lustro, from Latin lustrare ("to brighten"), akin to lux ("light") (Wiktionary)
From Latin lustrum, from lustrare, cognate with the above (Wiktionary)
lust +‎ -er (Wiktionary)



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