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antimacassar

[an-ti-muh-kas-er] /ˌæn tɪ məˈkæs ər/
noun
1.
a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.
Origin of antimacassar
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; anti- + Macassar (oil)
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  • Marriage was something we gentlewomen tried to endure while we knitted an anti-macassar.

    Sugar Plum

    Reginald Bretnor
  • The anti-macassar of which we give a representation in the engraving is intended to fit the top of a library chair.

  • This, from its weight, serves to keep the anti-macassar from shifting, and is finished with a handsome fringe.

  • This anti-macassar is done in the fashionable style of netting, with a pattern darned on it after it is worked.

British Dictionary definitions for anti-macassar

antimacassar

/ˌæntɪməˈkæsə/
noun
1.
a cloth covering the back and arms of chairs, etc, to prevent soiling or as decoration
Word Origin
C19: from anti- + Macassar (oil)
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Word Origin and History for anti-macassar
n.

also antimacassar, 1852, from anti- + macassar oil, proprietary name of a hair tonic advertised as imported from the district of Macassar on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The cloth was laid to protect chair and sofa fabric from people leaning their oily heads back against it.

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