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Lustre

Lus′ter


Lus′tre

,
Noun.
[L.
lustrum
: cf. F.
lustre
.]
A period of five years; a lustrum.
Both of us have closed the tenth
luster
.
Bolingbroke.
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Lus′ter

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Lus′tre

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Noun.
[F.
lustre
; cf. It.
lustro
; both fr. L.
lustrare
to purify, go about (like the priests at the lustral sacrifice), traverse, survey, illuminate, fr.
lustrum
a purificatory sacrifice; perh. akin to E.
loose
. But
lustrare
to illuminate is perhaps a different word, and akin to L.
lucere
to be light or clear, to shine. See
Lucid
, and cf.
Illustrious
,
Lustrum
.]
1.
Brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter.
The right mark and very true
luster
of the diamond.
Sir T. More.
The scorching sun was mounted high,
In all its
luster
, to the noonday sky.
Addison.
☞ There is a tendency to limit the use of luster, in this sense, to the brightness of things which do not shine with their own light, or at least do not blaze or glow with heat. One speaks of the luster of a diamond, or of silk, or even of the stars, but not often now of the luster of the sun, a coal of fire, or the like.
2.
Renown; splendor; distinction; glory.
His ancestors continued about four hundred years, rather without obscurity than with any great
luster
.
Sir H. Wotton.
3.
A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, or the like, generally of an ornamental character.
Pope.
4.
(Min.)
The appearance of the surface of a mineral as affected by, or dependent upon, peculiarities of its reflecting qualities.
☞ The principal kinds of luster recognized are: metallic, adamantine, vitreous, resinous, greasy, pearly, and silky. With respect to intensity, luster is characterized as splendent, shining, glistening, glimmering, and dull.
5.
A substance which imparts luster to a surface, as graphite and some of the glazes.
6.
A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, – used for women’s dresses.
Luster ware
,
earthenware decorated by applying to the glazing metallic oxides, which acquire brilliancy in the process of baking.
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Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Lustred
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Lustering
, or
Lustring
.]
To make lustrous.
[R. & Poetic]
Flooded and
lustered
with her loosened gold.
Lowell.

Lus′tre

,
Noun.
Same as
Luster
.

Definition 2022


lustre

lustre

See also: lustré

English

Noun

lustre (plural lustres)

  1. (British) Alternative form of luster (shine, etc.)
Antonyms
Derived terms
Related terms
Translations

Verb

lustre (third-person singular simple present lustres, present participle lustring, simple past and past participle lustred)

  1. (British) Alternative form of luster
Translations

Etymology 2

From Latin lustrum. See luster (etymology 2)

Noun

lustre (plural lustres)

  1. (British) Alternative form of luster (a lustrum)
Translations

Anagrams


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lystʁ/

Noun

lustre m (plural lustres)

  1. lustre, chandelier
  2. gloss, shine, lustre
  3. lustrum; period of five years

Related terms

Descendants


Italian

Adjective

lustre f pl

  1. feminine plural of lustro

Middle French

Etymology

Borrowing from Italian lustro.

Noun

lustre m (plural lustres)

  1. lustre; shine

Portuguese

lustre

Etymology

From French lustre.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˈluʃ.tɾɨ/
  • Hyphenation: lus‧tre

Noun

lustre m (plural lustres)

  1. chandelier

Spanish

Noun

lustre m (plural lustres)

  1. lustre

Verb

lustre

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of lustrar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of lustrar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of lustrar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of lustrar.