What does lustre mean?

Definitions for lustre
ˈlʌs tərlus·tre

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

    Etymology: lux, light

  2. lustrenoun

    By extension, interest, attractiveness, or splendor.

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

    Etymology: lux, light

  3. lustrenoun

    Refinement, polish, or quality.

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

    Etymology: lux, light

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lustrenoun

    brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter

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

  2. Lustrenoun

    renown; splendor; distinction; glory

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

  3. Lustrenoun

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

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

  4. Lustrenoun

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

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

  5. Lustrenoun

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

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

  6. Lustrenoun

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

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

  7. Lustreverb

    to make lustrous

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

  8. Lustrenoun

    same as Luster

    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.]

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Anagrams for lustre »

  1. Rulest

  2. Sutler

  3. Ulster

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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. Ben Wood:

    Nokia seems to have put together a very elegant deal in order to maximize the potential to drive some revenue from the handset business, with no risk in terms of hardware, the brand is strong in the feature phone space, but does it stand for a cutting-edge future proof smartphone? That's unclear ... It's a brand that has lost its lustre.

  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. 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 ....

  5. Cicero:

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

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. witless
    • B. transparent
    • C. suspicious
    • D. plush

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