Color vs Luster - What's the difference?

color | luster |

As nouns the difference between color and luster

is that color is (uncountable) the spectral composition of visible light while luster is chandelier.

As an adjective color

is conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.

As a verb color

is to give something color.



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Alternative forms

* colour (see the below)


  • (uncountable) The spectral composition of visible light
  • Humans and birds can perceive color .
  • (countable) A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class.
  • Most languages have names for the colors black, white, red, and green.
  • (uncountable) Hue as opposed to achromatic colors (black, white and grays).
  • He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all color ".
  • (uncountable) Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.
  • Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies.
  • (figuratively) Interest, especially in a selective area.
  • a bit of local color
  • (heraldry) Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal.
  • (in the plural) A standard or banner.
  • The loss of their colors destroyed the regiment's morale.
  • The system of color television.
  • This film is broadcast in color .
  • (in the plural) An award for sporting achievement, particularly within a school or university.
  • He was awarded colors for his football.
  • In corporate finance, details on sales, profit margins, or other financial figures, especially while reviewing quarterly results when an officer of a company is speaking to investment analysts.
  • Could you give me some color with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?
  • (physics) A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.
  • (typography) The relative lightness or darkness of a mass of written or printed text on a page.
  • (snooker) Any of the colored balls excluding the reds.
  • A front or facade: an ostensible truth actually false.
  • * (also needs better-worded definition)
  • An appearance of right or authority.
  • Under color of law, he managed to bilk taxpayers of millions of dollars.
  • (medicine) Skin color noted as: normal, jaundice, cyanotic, flush, mottled, pale, or ashen as part of the skin signs assessment.
  • Usage notes

    The late (etyl) colour'', which is the standard UK spelling, has been the usual spelling in Britain since the 14th century and was chosen by (1828), along with favor, honor, etc., and is currently the standard US spelling. In Canada, colour'' is preferred, but ''color'' is not unknown; in Australia, ''-our'' endings are the standard, although ''-or'' endings had some currency in the past and are still sporadically found in some regions. In New Zealand, ''-our endings are the standard.


    * (spectral composition of visible light) blee * (particular set named as a class) blee, hue * hue, shade, blee * (human skin tone as an indicator of race or ethnicity) colour of one’s skin, complexion, blee, ethnicity, race * interest * (dark tincture) stain * (standard or banner) banner, standard * (colour television) colour television

    Derived terms

    * color-blind * color charge * color code * color commentator * colored * colorful * color of fire * flame-color * colorimeter * colorize * colorism * colorless * colors * discoloration * in color * off-color * prismatic colors * true colors


    (-) (US)
  • Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.
  • Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white.


    (en-verb) (US)
  • To give something color.
  • We could color the walls red.
  • To apply colors to the areas within the boundaries of a line drawing using colored markers or crayons.
  • My kindergartener loves to color .
  • (of a face) To become red through increased blood flow.
  • ''Her face colored as she realized her mistake.
  • To affect without completely changing.
  • That interpretation certainly colors my perception of the book.
  • (informal) To attribute a quality to.
  • Color me confused.
  • (mathematics) To assign colors to the vertices of (a graph) or the regions of (a map) so that no two adjacent ones have the same color.
  • Can this graph be two-colored ?
    You can color any map with four colors.


    * (give something color) dye, paint, stain, shade, tinge, tint * (apply colors within boundaries of a line drawing) * blush * (affect without completely changing) affect, influence * (attribute a quality to) call

    Derived terms

    * color by numbers

    See also

    * tincture *



    Alternative forms

    * (l) (Commonwealth)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • Shine, polish or sparkle.
  • ''He polished the brass doorknob to a high luster .
  • * Addison
  • The scorching sun was mounted high, / In all its lustre , to the noonday sky.
  • By extension, brilliance, attractiveness or splendor.
  • ''After so many years in the same field, the job had lost its luster .
  • * Sir H. Wotton
  • His ancestors continued about four hundred years, rather without obscurity than with any great lustre .
  • Refinement, polish or quality.
  • ''He spoke with all the lustre a seasoned enthusiast should have.
  • A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, etc. generally of an ornamental character.
  • (Alexander Pope)
  • A substance that imparts lustre to a surface, such as plumbago or a glaze.
  • A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, used for women's dresses.
  • Antonyms
    * (brilliance) (l)
    Derived terms
    * (l) * (l)


    (en verb)
  • To gleam, have luster.
  • To give luster, distinguish.
  • To give a coating or other treatment to impart physical luster.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) lustrum, from lustrare, cognate with the above


    (en noun)
  • A lustrum, quinquennium, a period of five years, originally the interval between Roman censuses.
  • * , II.4.2.ii:
  • Mesue and some other Arabians began to reject and reprehend it; upon whose authority, for many following lusters , it was much debased and quite out of request […].

    Etymology 3



    (en noun)
  • One who lusts.
  • * Bible, Paul
  • Neither fornicators, nor those who serve idols, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor the lusters after mankind shall obtain the kingdom of God.


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