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noun
  1. cotton or other fabric coated on one side with an adhesive preparation, as of isinglass and glycerin, used on the skin for medical and cosmetic purposes.

Origin of court plaster

First recorded in 1765–75; so called because of former use in courtly circles for making beauty spots
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Examples from the Web for court plaster

Historical Examples

  • "I was taking back some court-plaster I had," replied Alice.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret

    Allen Chapman

  • The agent said his face was striped with court-plaster, and he carried his left hand in a sling.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • Hoboes often carry needles, pins, court-plaster, and the like.

  • Several strips of court-plaster covered the cut on her temple.

    The Little Colonel's Holidays

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Neddy noted a small piece of court-plaster at the side of his nose.

    Tales of Mean Streets

    Arthur Morrison


British Dictionary definitions for court plaster

court plaster

noun
  1. a plaster, composed of isinglass on silk, formerly used to cover superficial wounds

Word Origin

C18: so called because formerly used by court ladies for beauty spots
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