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1. An oily, perfumed hairdressing.
2. A glossy fabric made from cotton and worsted or cotton and mohair.

[French brillantine, from brillant, brilliant; see brilliant.]


1. (Hairdressing & Grooming) a perfumed oil used to make the hair smooth and shiny
2. (Textiles) chiefly US a glossy fabric made of mohair and cotton
[C19: from French, from brillant shining]


(ˈbrɪl yənˌtin)

an oily preparation used to make the hair lustrous.
[1870–75, Amer.; < French]
bril′lian•tined`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brilliantine - a pomade to make the hair manageable and lustrous
pomade, pomatum - hairdressing consisting of a perfumed oil or ointment


[ˈbrɪljəntiːn] Nbrillantina f


nBrillantine f, → Haarpomade f
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The scent of brilliantine on his whiskers struck him as particularly pleasant in the fresh air.
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Guitarist and vocalist Dan said: "While John has a history of playing with class acts like Rolf & Cindy Band and Brilliantine, Ben, Danny and I had been playing together for years as an synth funk band The Fantastic Car.
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When the Bolshoi came to New York in 2000, despite the amusing swath cut by Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a Brilliantine peacock--swishbuckling
My hair is wavy and I remember now that I rubbed fingertips of brilliantine through it and combed and brushed it, the part on the left side.
I'll be sure to pack the Brilliantine and polish the buttons on my blazer.
For added sleekness Gaynor ran through some Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, pounds 10.
We blew the front section of the hair forward and put texture in using Brilliantine which breaks up and separates the fringe.
Before matches he tried to flatten his hair as much as he could, covering it in brilliantine and rolling a towel around his head like a turban.
Attracted by her button-through Forties frocks, Rita Hayworth hair- dos and jaunty hats, he dressed to match in Fairisle tops and slicked back his hair with Brilliantine.
ebony coloured shells all fissured wrinkled brilliantine