Honestly, I've never heard "lustre" to describe lamp or ceiling lamp. I have portuguese parents but have gone to school and worked with Brazilians, and have a Brazilian brother-in-law, and this is news to me : Either way, the first translation given is lamp, but then you get marked wrong for not calling it "ceiling lamp" or "chandelier"? This is frustrating :\
The word lustre is completely normal. We say that. Often we won't have a context to talk about it (who talks about chandelier??), but the word exists and everyone is aware of it.
Second of all, I'm not sure what you call lamp in your country, but I think it is "lâmpada" in portuguese.
Lustre is not the lamp, not the light, lustre is the structure that supports the lamp, which gives us light. haha
Interesting... when I put "chandelier" into a translator (babylon9 is my fave so far) it translates it as "candelabro." When I put "lustre" into the translator, it translates it into English as "glaze, luster; sheen, shine; shoeshine." Chandelier is not among the words..... Is babylon9 wrong? They are not always correct, but it is the best translator I have found so far.... Erudis? Any thoughts? :)
- Candelabro = Candelabrum or candle tree (a candlestick with multiple arms)
- Lustre = Chandelier
Lustre also means luster, or the shine of something. But it's not often used in that sense, just like the word luster in English (brilho / shine is way more common). The verb lustrar (to polish) is a bit more common, so you can learn that by association.
I live in the UK and a "pendant lamp" was an unfamiliar concept when I first started using Duolingo. The expression is quite descriptive, though, and since then I've seen the term in lots of places and it even seems to be preferred over "ceiling light/lamp" in my local Ikea:
That's my understanding. Anything from a bare bulb hanging from a tatty ceiling rose to a full blown chandelier can be called a pendant lamp it seems.
The term "lustre", which is sometimes translated as "pendant lamp", appears to be a survivor from bygone days when candlestick holders with multiple arms hung from ceilings. The closest translation for what I call a ceiling light is a "luminária de teto" I think.
how often do people say this word for it to be learned here? lamp or light (both words for light fixtures in US English) should be more than sufficient to get the point across. chandelier is hardly used in conversation especially considering most people don't have chandeliers in their homes.