What does lustre mean?

Definitions for lustre
ˈlʌs tərlus·tre

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lustre.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. luster, lustrenoun

    a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain

  2. luster, lustre, brilliancy, splendor, splendournoun

    a quality that outshines the usual

  3. shininess, sheen, luster, lustrenoun

    the visual property of something that shines with reflected light


  1. lustrenoun

    Shine, sheen gleam or polish.

    The brass had a characteristic lustre that practically glowed when it was freshly cleaned.

  2. lustrenoun

    By extension, interest, attractiveness, or splendor.

    After so many years in the same field, the job had lost its lustre.

  3. lustrenoun

    Refinement, polish, or quality.

    He spoke with all the lustre a seasoned enthusiast should have.

  4. Etymology: lux, light

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lustrenoun

    Etymology: lustre, French.

    You have one eye left to see some mischief on him.
    —— Lest it see more prevent it; out, vile gelly; where is thy lustre now? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    To the soul time doth perfection give,
    And adds fresh lustre to her beauty still. Davies.

    The scorching sun was mounted high,
    In all its lustre, to the noonday sky. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    Pass but some fleeting years, and these poor eyes,
    Where now without a boast some lustre lies;
    No longer shall their little honours keep,
    But only be of use to read or weep. Matthew Prior.

    All nature laughs, the groves are fresh and fair,
    The sun’s mild lustre warms the vital air. Alexander Pope.

    Ridotta sips, and dances till she see
    The doubling lustres dance as quick as she. Alexander Pope, Horace.

    His ancestors continued about four hundred years, rather without obscurity than with any great lustre. Henry Wotton.

    I used to wonder how a man of birth and spirit could endure to be wholly insignificant and obscure in a foreign country, when he might live with lustre in his own. Jonathan Swift.

    Both of us have closed the tenth lustre, and it is high time to determine how we shall play the last act of the farce. Henry St. John Bolingbroke, to Swift.


  1. lustre

    Lustre refers to the way light interacts with the surface of a material, often giving it a shiny or glossy appearance. As a characteristic commonly observed in minerals, gemstones or metals, it is used to describe the degree of light reflection, which can range from metallic and shiny to dull or earthy. In a more general context, it can also symbolize brilliance or excellence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lustrenoun

    brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter

  2. Lustrenoun

    renown; splendor; distinction; glory

  3. Lustrenoun

    a candlestick, chandelier, girandole, or the like, generally of an ornamental character

  4. Lustrenoun

    the appearance of the surface of a mineral as affected by, or dependent upon, peculiarities of its reflecting qualities

  5. Lustrenoun

    a substance which imparts luster to a surface, as plumbago and some of the glazes

  6. Lustrenoun

    a fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, -- used for women's dresses

  7. Lustreverb

    to make lustrous

  8. Lustrenoun

    same as Luster

  9. Etymology: [L. lustrum: cf. F. lustre.]


  1. Lustre

    Lustre is the way light interacts with the surface of a crystal, rock, or mineral. The word traces its origins back to the latin lux, meaning "light", and generally implies radiance, gloss, or brilliance. A range of terms are used to describe lustre, such as earthy, metallic, greasy, and silky. Similarly, the term vitreous refers to a glassy lustre. A list of these terms is given below. Lustre varies over a wide continuum, and so there are no rigid boundaries between the different types of lustre. The terms are frequently combined to describe intermediate types of lustre. Some minerals exhibit unusual optical phenomena, such as asterism or chatoyancy. A list of such phenomena is given below.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lustre

    lus′tėr, n. brightness, gloss, splendour: (fig.) renown: a candlestick ornamented with pendants of cut-glass: the characteristic appearance of a bright metallic surface, or of air within glass under water as seen under certain angles of total reflection: a dress material having a highly finished surface: a glaze applied to porcelain.—adjs. Lus′treless, destitute of lustre; Lus′trous, bright: shining: luminous.—adv. Lus′trously. [Fr.,—Low L. lustrum, a window—L. lucēre, to shine.]

  2. Lustre

    lus′tėr, Lustrum, lus′trum, n. a period of five years: (orig.) the solemn offering for the purification of the Roman people made by one of the censors at the conclusion of the census, taken every five years.—adj. Lus′tral, relating to or used in lustration: of or pertaining to a lustre.—n. Lustrā′tion, a purification by sacrifice: act of purifying.—adj. Lus′trical, pertaining to purification by lustration. [L. lustrumluĕre, to wash, to purify.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lustre is ranked #53802 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lustre surname appeared 384 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lustre.

    61.4% or 236 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    30.2% or 116 total occurrences were Asian.
    7.2% or 28 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lustre in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lustre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of lustre in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam that flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts they come back to us with a sort of alienated majesty.

  2. Panchatantra:

    The lustre of a virtuous character cannot be defaced, nor can the vices of a vicious man ever become lucid. A jewel preserves its lustre, though trodden in the mud, but a brass pot, though placed upon the head, is brass still.

  3. Naveen Patnaik:

    When he speaks his words are akin to pearls strung on a silken thread....when he should speak it s like lustre shed by a ruby...when he does speak it s like crystal splash that cleaves the blue....

  4. Cicero:

    Friendship throws a greater lustre on prosperity, while it lightens adversity by sharing in its griefs and troubles.

  5. Naveen Patnaik:

    quand il parle, ses mots s'apparentent à des perles enfilées sur un fil de soie ... quand il parle, il est comme le lustre répandu par un rubis ... quand il parle, c'est comme des éclaboussures de cristal qui fendent le bleu ....

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