1A kind of oil formerly used, especially by men, to make one's hair shine and lie flat.
- ‘It is thought to have a tonic effect on the scalp; it was used as an ingredient in a hair preparation known as "Macassar" oil in the Victorian period.’
- ‘Every morning he donned white satin gloves with pearl buttons at the wrists, and by noon they were spotted with dirt and Macassar oil and crushed lice.’
- ‘I remember these still being used in the homes of my older relatives in the 1960s, although no one wore Macassar oil in those days.’
2variant spelling of Makassar
Mid 17th century: earlier form of Makassar. The oil was originally represented as consisting of ingredients from Makassar.