Meaning of “brilliantine” in the English Dictionary

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"brilliantine" in British English

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brilliantinenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbrɪl.jən.tiːn/ us /ˈbrɪl.jən.tiːn/

Examples from literature

  • Beneath the small round hat, her hair, glossy with brilliantine, was like melted gold in the large loose waves which revealed the rosy tips of her ears. 
  • He pushed aside the blue glass powder-box, the vial of brilliantine and the brushes. 
  • In addition, the returning artist smoked Egyptian cigarettes and anointed his generous head of hair with violet brilliantine. 
  • The Junior Medical went away with his shoulders erect in his frock-coat, and his heavy brown hair, which would never part properly and had to be persuaded with brilliantine, bristling with happiness. 

(Definition of “brilliantine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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