bril·​lian·​tine ˈbril-yən-ˌtēn How to pronounce brilliantine (audio)
: a light lustrous fabric that is similar to alpaca and is woven usually with a cotton warp and mohair or worsted filling
: a preparation for making hair glossy

Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brilliantine was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Brilliantine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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