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lus·ter1 / ˈləstər/ (Brit. lus·tre) • n. 1. a gentle sheen or soft glow, esp. that of a partly reflective surface: the luster of the Milky Way she couldn't eat, and her hair lost its luster. ∎ fig. glory or distinction: a celebrity player to add luster to the lineup. ∎  the manner in which the surface of a mineral reflects light. 2. a substance imparting or having a shine or glow, in particular: ∎  a thin coating containing unoxidized metal that gives an iridescent glaze to ceramics. ∎  ceramics with such a glaze; lusterware: [as adj.] luster jugs. ∎  a type of finish on a photographic print, less reflective than a glossy finish. 3. a prismatic glass pendant on a chandelier or other ornament. ∎  a cut-glass chandelier or candelabra. DERIVATIVES: lus·ter·less adj. lus·ter2 (Brit. lus·tre) • n. another term for lustrum.

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lusterware, kind of pottery with an overglaze finish containing copper and silver or other materials that give the effect of iridescence. The process may have been invented and was certainly first popularized by Islamic potters of the 9th cent. The most beautiful and brilliantly colored ware—pottery that was made between 836 and 883 for the Abbasid caliphs—has been found at Samarra. During the reign (10th–12th cent.) of the Fatimids in Egypt a high standard was maintained. Iranian and Egyptian potters continued to produce lusterware, while in Europe it was manufactured chiefly in Spain and then in Italy, where in the 15th cent. it was sometimes used to enhance majolica. In England the technique came into vogue in the 19th cent. and was utilized by Josiah Wedgwood and Josiah Spode.

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lus·ter·ware / ˈləstərˌwer/ (Brit. lus·tre·ware) • n. ceramic articles with an iridescent metallic glaze.

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luster

lusterexploiter, goitre (US goiter), loiter, reconnoitre (US reconnoiter), Reuter •anointer, appointer, jointer, pointer •cloister, hoister, oyster, roister •accoutre (US accouter), commuter, computer, disputer, hooter, looter, neuter, pewter, polluter, recruiter, refuter, rooter, saluter, scooter, shooter, souter, suitor, tooter, transmuter, tutor, uprooter •booster, rooster •doomster • freebooter • sharpshooter •peashooter • six-shooter •troubleshooter • prosecutor •persecutor • prostitutor •telecommuter •footer, putter •Gupta • Worcester • Münster •pussyfooter • executor •contributor, distributor •collocutor, interlocutor •abutter, aflutter, butter, Calcutta, clutter, constructor, cutter, flutter, gutter, mutter, nutter, scutter, shutter, splutter, sputter, strutter, stutter, utter •abductor, conductor, destructor, instructor, obstructor •insulter •Arunta, Bunter, chunter, Grantha, grunter, Gunter, hunter, junta, punter, shunter •corrupter, disrupter, interrupter •sculptor •adjuster, Augusta, bluster, buster, cluster, Custer, duster, fluster, lustre (US luster), muster, thruster, truster •huckster • Ulster • dumpster •funster, Munster, punster •funkster, youngster •gangbuster • filibuster • blockbuster •semiconductor • headhunter •woodcutter •lacklustre (US lackluster)

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