- a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.
Origin of antimacassar
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Examples from the Web for antimacassar
Oh, yes, in that corner, decently covered with an antimacassar.Red Rose and Tiger Lily
L. T. Meade
So she laid the doll on the sofa, and covered it with an antimacassar, to sleep.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
He wrenched an antimacassar from a chair and used it as a gag.High Noon
And what on earth is the good of an antimacassar, I should like to know?
The antimacassar is the one indispensable article in the establishment.
- a cloth covering the back and arms of chairs, etc, to prevent soiling or as decoration
C19: from anti- + Macassar (oil)
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