antimacassar

[ an-ti-muh-kas-er ]
/ ˌæn tɪ məˈkæs ər /
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noun

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)
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antimacassar

/ (ˌæntɪməˈkæsə) /

noun

a cloth covering the back and arms of chairs, etc, to prevent soiling or as decoration

Word Origin for antimacassar

C19: from anti- + Macassar (oil)
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