anti-macassar

anti-macassar (n.) also antimacassar, 1852, from ANTI- (Cf. anti-) + macassar oil, proprietary name of a hair tonic advertised as imported from the district of MACASSAR (Cf. Macassar) on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The cloth was laid to protect chair and sofa fabric from people leaning their oily heads back against it.

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  • 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 — /ˌæntiməˈkæsə/ (say .anteemuh kasuh) noun an ornamental covering for the backs and arms of chairs, sofas, etc., to keep them from being soiled. {anti + Macassar, hair oil obtained from Macassar} …   Australian English 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 — ► 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 — noun Etymology: anti + Macassar (oil) (a hairdressing) Date: 1849 a cover to protect the back or arms of furniture …   New Collegiate 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

  • antimacassar — an•ti•ma•cas•sar [[t]ˌæn tɪ məˈkæs ər[/t]] n. fur a small, usu. ornamental covering placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy • Etymology: 1850–55; anti +Macassar (oil) …   From formal English to slang

  • antimacassar — n. a covering put over furniture, esp. over the back of a chair, as a protection from grease in the hair or as an ornament. Etymology: ANTI + MACASSAR …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oecussi-Ambeno — Distrikt von Oecussi Ambeno Daten Hauptstadt Pante Macassar …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pante Makasar — Subdistrikt Pante Macassar DMS …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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