Definition of Macassar in English:

Macassar

Syllabification: Ma·cas·sar
Pronunciation: /məˈkasər
 
/

noun

1 (also Macassar oil) A kind of oil formerly used, especially by men, to make one’s hair shine and lie flat.
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
2 variant spelling of Makassar.

Origin

mid 17th century: earlier form of Makassar. The oil was originally represented as consisting of ingredients from Makassar.

Definition of Macassar in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day noisome
Pronunciation: ˈnoisəm
adjective
having an extremely offensive smell