Definition of brilliantine in English:


Syllabification: bril·lian·tine
Pronunciation: /ˈbrilyənˌtēn


  • 1 dated Scented oil used on men’s hair to make it look glossy.
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    • The firm was known for its cough medicine, but in fact the products included hair cream, brilliantine, and others.
    • A man his age, his hair combed back with brilliantine, was nestled in one of the chairs.
    • Guttman, closely cropped, clean-shaven and smelling of brilliantine, heads for Mozambique.
  • 2US Shiny dress fabric made from cotton and mohair or cotton and worsted.
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    • The race took the products of the economic boom all over Italy: brilliantine, coffee machines, and cookers.
    • His mood alters as he turns from the brilliantine carpet to the brooding figures that adorn his walls.
    • The bride will wear a white serge suit and the bridegroom will wear a white brilliantine suit.



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  • Yearning for that brilliantined, cigarette-case glamour brought the Social Club into being.
  • The magazine published a photo of me wearing an armband, my brilliantined hair rippling back.
  • Your average brilliantined, bike-chained ted is now over 60.


late 19th century: from French brillantine, from brillant 'shining' (see brilliant).

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