August 02, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
luster /ˈlʌstɚ/ noun
luster
/ˈlʌstɚ/
noun

or British lustre

The woman is polishing the silver to restore its luster.
The woman is polishing the silver to restore its luster.
Learner's definition of LUSTER

[singular]

1 : the shiny quality of a surface that reflects light

  • the luster of polished metal

  • He polished the silverware for hours trying to restore its luster.

  • the luster of her eyes

2 : an appealing, exciting, or admired quality

  • The trip loses some of its luster [=it becomes less appealing or exciting] after you've done it several times.

  • The scandals have tarnished/dimmed his luster. [=damaged his reputation]

  • the luster [=renown] of the family's name

lusterless (US) or British lustreless adjective

  • dull lusterless eyes

  • lusterless silverware

lustrous /ˈlʌstrəs/ adjective [more lustrous; most lustrous]

  • lustrous silk

  • a lustrous [=shining] surface

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