Meaning of LUSTER in English


I. noun

or lus·tre ˈləs-tər

Etymology: Middle English lustre, from Latin lustrum

Date: 14th century

: a period of five years : lustrum 2

II. noun

or lustre

Etymology: Middle French lustre, from Old Italian lustro, from lustrare to brighten, from Latin, to purify ceremonially, from lustrum

Date: circa 1522

1. : a glow of reflected light : sheen ; specifically : the appearance of the surface of a mineral dependent upon its reflecting qualities


a. : a glow of light from within : luminosity

b. : an inner beauty : radiance

3. : a superficial attractiveness or appearance of excellence


a. : a glass pendant used especially to ornament a candlestick or chandelier

b. : a decorative object (as a chandelier) hung with glass pendants

5. chiefly British : a fabric with cotton warp and a filling of wool, mohair, or alpaca

6. : lusterware

• lus·ter·less -tər-ləs adjective

III. verb

or lustre

( lus·tered or lus·tred ; lus·ter·ing or lus·tring -t(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 1528

intransitive verb

: to have luster : gleam

transitive verb

1. : to give luster or distinction to

2. : to coat or treat with a substance that imparts luster

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.