A Word A Day : Lustrous

Sunday, 23rd March 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : lúst-ress


1. Having a sheen or glow

2. Gleaming with or as if with brilliant light

3. Made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing

4. Brilliant


Origin: 1515–25 - MF lustre - It lustro, derivative of lustrare to polish, purify - Latin lūstrāre to purify ceremonially, derivative of lūstrum


bright, burnished, dazzling, effulgent, fulgent, glace, gleaming, glinting, glistening, glorious, glowing, incandescent, lambent, lucent, luminous, polished, radiant, refulgent, shimmering, shining, shiny, sparkling, splendid, waxy


black, dark, dim, dreary, dull, gloomy, matte, unshiny

Contextual Examples:

• He selected a fine, big pumpkin - one with a lustrous, orange-red color - and began carving it.

• Set a lustrous example for others to follow.

• She brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves.

Related Words:

luster (or) lustre : Noun

lustrousness : Noun

lustrously : Adjective

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