The definition of antimacassar is a protective cover for the arms and/or backs of upholstered furniture.
An example of an antimacassar is the square crocheted cloth placed over the back of a reclining chair.
a small cover on the back or arms of a chair, sofa, etc. to prevent soiling
Origin of antimacassaranti- + macassar (oil), an oil, origin, originally imported from Macassar, used as a hair dressing
A protective and often decorative covering for the back or arms of a chair or sofa.
Origin of antimacassaranti- Macassar (oil) a kind of perfumed hair oil popular in the 1800s (after Makassar from which oil from the seeds of the tree Schleichera oleosa , used to make fine hair oils, was exported )