• WordNet 3.6
    • n antimacassar a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a chair from hair oils
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Antimacassar ăn`tĭ*mȧ*kăs"sẽr 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antimacassar An ornamental covering for the backs and arms of chairs, sofas, couches, etc., to keep them from being soiled by oil from the hair; a tidy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antimacassar an-ti-mak-as′ar a covering for sofas, cushions, &c., to protect them from grease, esp. in the hair, also for ornament.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Anti- and Macassar.


In literature:

Bernadine threw an antimacassar half over the box, but he was too late.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Henry reclined on the sofa, under an antimacassar, and Mrs. Knight was bathing his excited temples with eau de Cologne.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
A worked antimacassar lay upon her lap and a basket of coloured silks stood upon a stool beside her.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
The "antimacassar" is a remaining sign of the overlap of dress and manners.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
Couches, antimacassars, photographs, were unknown.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Ewing gestured to a chair which looked prim and uncomfortable in its yellowed antimacassars.
"The Prophetic Camera" by John McGreevey
And that evening was most surely wonderful, in a parlor all antimacassars and rocker chairs with pink bows.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
Over the backs of the easy-chairs were laid antimacassars of finely crocheted white lace.
"The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
There were also cases of stuffed birds and squirrels, padded chairs with woollen antimacassars.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
But you would have to begin by getting rid of those horrible antimacassars and those china monkeys and dogs.
"Small Souls" by Louis Couperus
Might they have the embroidered antimacassars and the sofa cushions?
"The Enchanted Castle" by E. Nesbit
She saw a cherry-red sofa with embroidered antimacassars symmetrically plastered on its old-fashioned scroll arms.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
The antimacassar is on the sofa.
"Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen - A Collection of Some of the Master's Best Known Dramas" by F. Anstey
Trifling ornaments stood about; "antimacassars" were thrown over the shabby chairs.
"The Story of Charles Strange, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Not a leg, caster, or antimacassar was out of place.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
There was a mysterious expression in her eyes, and she began at once to straighten the chairs and re-arrange the antimacassars.
"A Gamble with Life" by Silas K. Hocking
There were enormities in the shape of woolen antimacassars, a flimsy curtain hung before the small window.
"Master of Men" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Close to where I saw was a spacious couch, over the centre of which was thrown an antimacassar of silken crochet-work.
"The Wiles of the Wicked" by William Le Queux
When my antimacassars are at the wash I have to take a holiday.
"When a Man's Single" by J. M. Barrie
Then Charles put his feet in an antimacassar and dragged it to the floor.
"The Incredible Honeymoon" by E. Nesbit

In poetry:

Were they wrapped in the antimacassars,
Or sunk in a sofa of plush?
Did an Angelican bishop forget them,
And leave them behind in the crush?
Who'll buy?
"Fashions" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

A month into the ongoing Horton Foote Festival on local stages, the surfeit of antimacassars and rocking chairs in these folksy , G-rated works is wearing me to a nubbin.