- an oily preparation used to make the hair lustrous.
- a dress fabric resembling alpaca.
Origin of brilliantine
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Examples from the Web for brilliantine
What a gorgeous Nut—all brilliantine, brown polish, and brasso!John Brown
Captain R. W. Campbell
There was his little moustache-brush, and phial of brilliantine to burnish it.Diana Tempest, Volume III (of 3)
The barber seemed to replace the pot of brilliantine with regret.Poor Relations
Now it was brushed about his ears, and it glistened as if from some application of brilliantine or other toilet essence.Evelyn Innes
The man had brilliantine on his hair and moustache, and the latter had been dressed with curling irons!The Riddle of the Night
Thomas W. Hanshew
- a perfumed oil used to make the hair smooth and shiny
- mainly US a glossy fabric made of mohair and cotton
C19: from French, from brillant shining
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