antimacassar


antimacassar
noun /ˌæn.tɪ.məˈkæs.ə,ˌæn.tɪ.məˈkæs.ɚ/
A cover for the back or arms of a chair or sofa, originally to prevent them from being soiled by macassar oil.

She was particularly fond of animals, and, besides her canary, whose cage hung on a nail in the massive wall of the keep by day, to the great annoyance of prisoners who relished an afterdinner nap, and was shrouded in an antimacassar on the parlour table at night, she kept several piebald mice and a restless revolving squirrel.


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  • Antimacassar — An ti*ma*cas sar ([a^]n t[i^]*m[.a]*k[a^]s s[ e]r), n. A cover for the back or arms of a chair or sofa, etc., to prevent them from wear or from being soiled by macassar or other oil from the hair. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antimacassar — ► NOUN ▪ a piece of cloth put over the back of a chair to protect it from grease and dirt. ORIGIN from ANTI (Cf. ↑anti ) + Macassar, a kind of hair oil formerly used by men, represented as consisting of ingredients from Makassar (the former name… …   English terms dictionary

  • antimacassar — [an΄ti mə kas′ər] n. [ ANTI + macassar (oil), an oil, orig. imported from MACASSAR, used as a hair dressing] a small cover on the back or arms of a chair, sofa, etc. to prevent soiling …   English World dictionary

  • Antimacassar — An antimacassar is a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.The name is attributable to macassar oil, an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early… …   Wikipedia

  • antimacassar — [19] An antimacassar was a cloth spread over chairbacks in the 19th and early 20th centuries to protect them from greasy hair. It took its name from Macassar oil, a proprietary brand of hair oil made by Rowland and Son, allegedly from ingredients …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • antimacassar — [19] An antimacassar was a cloth spread over chairbacks in the 19th and early 20th centuries to protect them from greasy hair. It took its name from Macassar oil, a proprietary brand of hair oil made by Rowland and Son, allegedly from ingredients …   Word origins

  • antimacassar — noun Etymology: anti + Macassar (oil) (a hairdressing) Date: 1849 a cover to protect the back or arms of furniture …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antimacassar — /an ti meuh kas euhr/, n. a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy. [1850 55; ANTI + MACASSAR (OIL)] * * * ▪ interior design  protective covering thrown over… …   Universalium

  • antimacassar — an·ti·ma·cas·sar || ‚æntɪmÉ™ kæsÉ™ n. small protective cover which is placed on the arms or back of a sofa or armchair …   English contemporary dictionary

  • antimacassar — [ˌantɪmə kasə] noun a piece of cloth put over the back of an upholstered chair to protect it from grease and dirt. Origin C19: from anti + Macassar …   English new terms dictionary