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[an-ti-muh-kas-er] /ˌæn tɪ məˈkæs ər/
a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.
Origin of antimacassar
First recorded in 1850-55; anti- + Macassar (oil) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for antimacassar
Historical Examples
  • Oh, yes, in that corner, decently covered with an antimacassar.

  • 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 Anonymous
  • And what on earth is the good of an antimacassar, I should like to know?

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • The antimacassar is the one indispensable article in the establishment.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • Not only given it to her, but fastened it in the antimacassar.

    Wild Margaret Geraldine Fleming
  • He dragged an antimacassar from a chair and used it as a gag.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
  • Then Charles put his feet in an antimacassar and dragged it to the floor.

  • The “antimacassar” is a remaining sign of the overlap of dress and manners.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Her apron, which had two pockets, was more elaborate than an antimacassar.

British Dictionary definitions for antimacassar


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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