Lustre (also spelled luster, though I prefer the British spelling lustre) is the sparking, bright shine that a reflective surface gives off. Lustre is a sheen and glow that occurs without glitter (shocking, but oh so true). Eyes have a lustre to them, as do crystals, gems, and seashells. Fur can have a lustre, as can hair (hello shampoo commercials!) and nails. Lustre is a lovely word and one that I have long taken for granted since it’s one of those words I’ve just always seemed to know. It’s always amazing to delve a bit more into a word like lustre and reconnect with it’s definition and origin (Early 16th century: from French lustre, from Italian lustro, from the verb lustrare, from Latin lustrare ‘illuminate’ ~ neat, isn’t it?!).
Which spelling do you prefer, lustre or luster?
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