Meaning of lustral in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlʌstr(ə)l/


  • Relating to or used in ceremonial purification.

    ‘in certain contexts, lustral basins are more plausibly interpreted as bathrooms’
    • ‘Many conical cups were brought to light in the West Court, while ceremonies in the Great Hall, with a platform for a lustral basin, were perhaps characterized by restricted attendance.’
    • ‘The prairies of Iowa and Kansas offer dry land aplenty, and water here is not a carrier of paralyzing sorrow but a healing substance, lustral and often luminous.’
    • ‘‘Look,’ said the boy with the slender ankles, ‘it's a lustral basin.'’
    • ‘Thousands of well wishers took turns in pouring lustral water and wishing the couple many years of marital bliss.’
    • ‘The Sinthuvaniks and the Malhotras perform the ‘Kruat Nam’ or pouring of the lustral water to make merit for their departed.’
    • ‘Buddha images in temples and in homes are washed and polished and sprinkled with scented lustral water, which also brings merit.’
    • ‘Religious ceremonies will include Tak Bat, bathing of the Buddha image and pouring lustral waters on the elders.’
    purgative, purging, purifying, cleansing, cleaning, releasing, relieving, freeing, delivering, exorcising, ridding


Mid 16th century from Latin lustralis, from lustrum (see lustrum).