glossy vs lustrous what difference

what is difference between glossy and lustrous



gloss +‎ -y


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɒsi/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔsi/
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɑsi/
  • Rhymes: -ɒsi, -ɔːsi


glossy (comparative glossier, superlative glossiest)

  1. Having a smooth, silk-like, reflective surface.


  • matte



glossy (plural glossies)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) A glossy magazine.
    The supermarket glossies are full of celebrity gossip and fad diets.
  2. (informal) A glossy photograph.
    • 2013, Stacy Zemon, The DJ Sales and Marketing Handbook
      Black and white 8- × 10-inch glossies are best, but 5- × 7-inch is okay too. Place photos on top of cardboard when mailing. Don’t tape or paper-clip because doing so can ruin the photo.
  3. (film, informal) A film depicting people with glamorous lifestyles.
    • 1959, Film Review (page 102)
      Anna Magnani has been making Hollywood glossies recently, so it was good to see her back again in a native Italian production, The Last Temptation, in which with great artistry and all her usual power she played a Nun who finds a woman’s and even a mother’s heart beating strongly beneath her ‘sister’s’ habit.
    • 1973, Films and Filming (volume 20, page 10)
      [] the first home-made guide to TV films by which is meant old films shown on the box, not those new Hollywood glossies made specially for it (though a guide there too would soon be welcome).



lustre +‎ -ous


lustrous (comparative more lustrous, superlative most lustrous)

  1. Having a glow or lustre.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act IV, Scene 2, [1]
      Why it hath bay windows transparent as barricadoes, and the clearstores toward the south north are as lustrous as ebony; and yet complainest thou of obstruction?
    • 1892, Walt Whitman, “Gods” in Leaves of Grass (abridged reprint of the 1892 edition), New York: The Modern Library, 1921, p. 232, [2]
      Or Time and Space,
      Or shape of Earth divine and wondrous,
      Or some fair shape I viewing, worship,
      Or lustrous orb of sun or star by night,
      Be ye my Gods.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 1,[3]
      It was a hot noon in July; and his face, lustrous with perspiration, beamed with barbaric good humor.
    • 1936, Wallace Stevens, “Meditation Celestial & Terrestrial” in The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971, p. 123,
      The wild warblers are warbling in the jungle
      Of life and spring and of the lustrous inundations,
      Flood on flood, of our returning sun.
    • 2000, Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass, Random House Children’s Books, 2001, Chapter 1,[4]
      The sunlight lay heavy and rich on his lustrous golden fur, and his monkey hands turned a pine cone this way and that, snapping off the scales with sharp fingers and scratching out the sweet nuts.
  2. As if shining with a brilliant light; radiant.


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