1. Soft reflected light; sheen.
2. Brilliance or radiance of light; brightness.
3. Glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor, as of achievement, reputation, or beauty.
4. A glass pendant, especially on a chandelier.
5. A decorative object, such as a chandelier, that gives off light.
6. Any of various substances, such as wax or glaze, used to give an object a gloss or polish.
7. The surface glossiness of ceramic ware after glazing, especially the metallic sheen of lusterware.
8. A fabric having a glossy surface.
9. The appearance of a mineral surface judged by its brilliance and ability to reflect light.
v. lus·tered, lus·ter·ing, lus·ters
1. To give a gloss, glaze, or sheen to.
2. To give or add glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor to.
To be or become lustrous.
[French lustre, from Old French, from Old Italian lustro, from lustrare, to make bright, from Latin lūstrāre, from lūstrum, purification; see leuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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