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A protective and often decorative covering for the back or arms of a chair or sofa.

[anti- + Macassar (oil), a kind of perfumed hair oil popular in the 1800s (after Makassar, from which oil from the seeds of the tree Schleichera oleosa, used to make fine hair oils, was exported).]


(Furniture) a cloth covering the back and arms of chairs, etc, to prevent soiling or as decoration
[C19: from anti- + Macassar (oil)]


(ˌæn tɪ məˈkæs ər)

a small, usu. ornamental covering placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.
[1850–55; anti- + Macassar (oil)]
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Noun1.antimacassar - a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a chair from hair oils
cloth covering - a covering made of cloth


[ˈæntɪməˈkæsəʳ] Nantimacasar m
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Hunt, my good woman; have a good look round, hunt under the tables, poke up the chimney, shake out the antimacassars.
The wooden bedstead, the waxed mahogany chairs, the chest of drawers, those brasses, the little square antimacassars carefully placed on the backs of the chairs, the clock on the mantelpiece and the harmless-looking ebony caskets at either end, lastly, the whatnot filled with shells, with red pin-cushions, with mother-of-pearl boats and an enormous ostrich-egg, the whole discreetly lighted by a shaded lamp standing on a small round table: this collection of ugly, peaceable, reasonable furniture, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OPERA CELLARS, bewildered the imagination more than all the late fantastic happenings.
There may be tow-lines that are a credit to their profession - conscientious, respectable tow-lines - tow-lines that do not imagine they are crochet- work, and try to knit themselves up into antimacassars the instant they are left to themselves.
I glimpsed grimy antimacassars scattered over that horrid upholstery, which was awe-inspiring, in- somuch that one could not guess what mysterious accident, need, or fancy had collected it there.
He was referring to my comments about my memories of my grandmother's house, with her antimacassars on the backs of the furniture and the lady who came to move the dust around twice a week.
There is something of the grandmother about it: antimacassars and afternoon teas.
I saw again front rooms with antimacassars over the window chairs, in which widows sit, remembering how it was when the children were young.
Among such people, Girouard writes, a 'taste for antimacassars, pitch-pine and wax-fruit could, curiously enough, be combined with the Modern Movement's view of the Victorians; it was a kind of safety valve for those who were desperately trying to persuade themselves that there was some good in Gropius and Le Corbusier'.
Under those old, hand-hewed timbers were such mementoes as ancient spinning wheels, old antimacassars, trunks, books, bureaus and all sorts of bric-a-brac, all stored there years ago by my ancestors.
30pm JUST as soon as Dot has finished fumigating her antimacassars, her first task back in Walford is to organise a big East End family get-together for all those Brannings.
Bliss's first surviving composition is May-Zeeh, a teenage salon piece here receiving its premiere recording, from 1910 and is redolent of the Edwardian world of aspidistras and antimacassars.
It appears almost to be alive - a sprawling scene of floral teacups, lace tablecloths, fringed lampshades and antimacassars that whirls round to reveal surprise after surprise.