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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).]
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(Furniture) a cloth covering the back and arms of chairs, etc, to prevent soiling or as decoration
[C19: from anti- + Macassar (oil)]
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(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
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[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. Husband?
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.
On each side of the fireplace were chairs covered in stamped leather, each with an antimacassar; one had arms and was called the husband, and the other had none and was called the wife.
Pigling Bland, on tip-toe, covered her up with an antimacassar
I solved that problem by hiring a traditional Osaka taxi driver, complete with white gloves and antimacassars, to take me to the venue.
"You will no longer fit into your favourite reading chair from the sheer volume of antimacassars that have been tatted on your behalf." As for the men at the Times, purveyors of misinformation or invariably bad news, they are "an anonymous band of libelous grubbers who hide behind their first-person plurals to deal out acid like candy."
Of course, in the days of antimacassars, the rising middle-class heard the clarion tinkle of fine china and saw doilies laid down for afternoon tea.
Yet it touches you; here are the scraps of your grandmother's bureau drawer where she kept gifts too good to use: gold braid, velvet ribbon, antimacassars, old words for old things.
There is something of the grandmother about it: antimacassars and afternoon teas." A name, in short, conceived to embody all that, by nature, this bird is not.
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'.