One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of cloth put over the back of a chair to protect it from grease and dirt or as an ornament.
- ‘I want you to know Mr. Brown, that I don't take off my antimacassar for just anyone.’
- ‘For those who came of age with Habitat, he offered alternatives to the dreaded three-piece suites, armchairs with antimacassars and standard lamps with tasselled shades.’
- ‘It has a carefully excogitated circular structure, whereby its beginning manages to bite its tail, its way of getting there is haphazard and halting, its often windy dialogue a poor antimacassar for its spindly furnishings.’
- ‘Do they sport antimacassars on the back of their leather desk chairs?’
- ‘Twenty medallions will make a fair size antimacassar; they are united by a stitch of single crochet.’
- ‘Rather unwisely Mr Morrison took himself off to Italy as the nation's landladies wept into their antimacassars.’
- ‘It was a quick transport back to antimacassars, short pants and scratchy-needle upholstery.’
- ‘Traditionally they have only been provided in first - class accommodation and this will be the first time a whole mixed charter train has been provided with linen antimacassars.’
- ‘All is peaceful this afternoon amid the dove-grey seats with antimacassars as white as the table-cloths.’
- ‘Around 1850, these started to be known as antimacassars.’
Mid 19th century: from anti- + Macassar.
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