- 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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Marriage was something we gentlewomen tried to endure while we knitted an anti-macassar.Sugar Plum
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.
- 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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Word Origin and History for anti-macassar
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