- an oily dressing for grooming the hair
- a glossy cloth made of mohair and cotton
Origin of brilliantinefrom French brillantine: see brilliant and -ine
- An oily, perfumed hairdressing.
- A glossy fabric made from cotton and worsted or cotton and mohair.
Origin of brilliantineFrench brillantine from brillant brilliant ; see brilliant .
- A hair pomade, making the hair shine brilliantly.
- 1921 "I wouldn't regret it," said Linda, "if I took Eileen by the shoulders and shook her till I shook the rouge off her cheek, and the brilliantine off her hair, and a million mean little subterfuges out of her soul. Gene Stratton-Porter, Her father`s daughter Chapter 4.
- A smooth shiny, luxurious fabric, often of alpaca or vicuña.
- Sunday June 11, 1916 No. 112. Bathing Suit of Brilliantine in Navy Blue and Black, trimmed with white mohair braid and buttons (no bloomers). Special 3.95 — The New York Times, *.pdf
(third-person singular simple present brilliantines, present participle brilliantining, simple past and past participle brilliantined)
- To apply brilliantine to the hair.