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Definition of "luster" []

  • Soft reflected light; sheen. (noun)
  • Brilliance or radiance of light; brightness. (noun)
  • Glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor, as of achievement, reputation, or beauty. (noun)
  • A glass pendant, especially on a chandelier. (noun)
  • A decorative object, such as a chandelier, that gives off light. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "luster" in a sentence
  • "The luster of a pearl is then not purely a _surface luster_ in the usual sense of that term, but it is a luster due to many superposed surfaces."
  • "In the end, an award only merits respect if it honors what is honorable; the Hugo will gain luster by honoring Anathem."
  • "With No. 20 Clemson also losing Saturday to Maryland, much of the luster is gone from the Clemson-Wake Forest matchup Oct. 9 that was supposed to determine superiority in the Atlantic Coast Conference."