brilliantine

[ bril-yuh n-teen ]
/ ˈbrɪl yənˌtin /
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noun

an oily preparation used to make the hair lustrous.
a dress fabric resembling alpaca.

Nearby words

  1. brilliancy,
  2. brilliant,
  3. brilliant cresyl blue,
  4. brilliant cut,
  5. brilliant green,
  6. brilliantly,
  7. brillo,
  8. brim,
  9. brimful,
  10. brimfully

Origin of brilliantine

1870–75, Americanism; < French brillantine. See brilliant, -ine2

Related formsbril·lian·tined, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for brilliantine

brilliantine

/ (ˈbrɪljənˌtiːn) /

noun

a perfumed oil used to make the hair smooth and shiny
mainly US a glossy fabric made of mohair and cotton

Word Origin for brilliantine

C19: from French, from brillant shining

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