-  An antimacassar was a cloth spread over chairbacks in the 19th and early 20th centuries to protect them from greasy hair. It took its name from Macassar oil, a proprietary brand of hair oil made by Rowland and Son, allegedly from ingredients obtained from Makassar, a region of the island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) in Indonesia.
The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.
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Antimacassar — An ti*ma*cas sar ([a^]n t[i^]*m[.a]*k[a^]s s[ e]r), n. A cover for the back or arms of a chair or sofa, etc., to prevent them from wear or from being soiled by macassar or other oil from the hair. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
antimacassar — ► NOUN ▪ a piece of cloth put over the back of a chair to protect it from grease and dirt. ORIGIN from ANTI (Cf. ↑anti ) + Macassar, a kind of hair oil formerly used by men, represented as consisting of ingredients from Makassar (the former name… … English terms dictionary
antimacassar — [an΄ti mə kas′ər] n. [ ANTI + macassar (oil), an oil, orig. imported from MACASSAR, used as a hair dressing] a small cover on the back or arms of a chair, sofa, etc. to prevent soiling … English World dictionary
Antimacassar — An antimacassar is a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.The name is attributable to macassar oil, an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early… … Wikipedia
antimacassar — noun /ˌæn.tɪ.məˈkæs.ə,ˌæn.tɪ.məˈkæs.ɚ/ A cover for the back or arms of a chair or sofa, originally to prevent them from being soiled by macassar oil. She was particularly fond of animals, and, besides her canary, whose cage hung on a nail in the… … Wiktionary
antimacassar —  An antimacassar was a cloth spread over chairbacks in the 19th and early 20th centuries to protect them from greasy hair. It took its name from Macassar oil, a proprietary brand of hair oil made by Rowland and Son, allegedly from ingredients … Word origins
antimacassar — noun Etymology: anti + Macassar (oil) (a hairdressing) Date: 1849 a cover to protect the back or arms of furniture … New Collegiate Dictionary
antimacassar — /an ti meuh kas euhr/, n. a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy. [1850 55; ANTI + MACASSAR (OIL)] * * * ▪ interior design protective covering thrown over… … Universalium
antimacassar — anÂ·tiÂ·maÂ·casÂ·sar || â€šÃ¦ntÉªmÉ™ kÃ¦sÉ™ n. small protective cover which is placed on the arms or back of a sofa or armchair … English contemporary dictionary
antimacassar — [ˌantɪmə kasə] noun a piece of cloth put over the back of an upholstered chair to protect it from grease and dirt. Origin C19: from anti + Macassar … English new terms dictionary