Antimacassar (noun)

  1. A small cloth or piece of lace placed over the back or arms of a chair or sofa to protect the furniture from dirt or stains.
  2. A decorative cover or protector used to protect furniture from spills or stains.


Derived from the name of a brand of hair oil called macassar oil.


  1. Grandma had antimacassars on all the chairs in the living room to protect the upholstery from wear and tear.
  2. The antimacassar on the arm of the chair was crocheted in a delicate pattern and added a touch of elegance to the room.
  3. The antique store had a collection of vintage antimacassars, each one unique in design and material.
  4. The use of antimacassars was once common in households, but has become less so in recent years.
  5. The hostess offered guests antimacassars for their clothes, to protect the sofas from any spills or stains during the party.
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