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court plaster

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.
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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
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Word Origin

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