1. noun
a) A hair pomade, making the hair shine brilliantly.

1921 "I wouldnt 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.]

b) 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]

To apply brilliantine to the hair.

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  • Brilliantine — Bril lian*tine, n. [F. brillantine. See lst {Brilliant}.] 1. An oily composition used to make the hair manageable and glossy. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. A dress fabric having a glossy finish on both sides, resembling alpaca but of superior quality …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • brilliantine — ☆ brilliantine [bril′yən tēn΄ ] n. [< Fr brillantine: see BRILLIANT & INE3] 1. an oily dressing for grooming the hair 2. a glossy cloth made of mohair and cotton …   English World dictionary

  • brilliantine — noun Date: 1873 1. a light lustrous fabric that is similar to alpaca and is woven usually with a cotton warp and mohair or worsted filling 2. a preparation for making hair glossy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brilliantine — brilliantined, adj. /bril yeuhn teen /, n. 1. an oily preparation used to make the hair lustrous. 2. a dress fabric resembling alpaca. [1870 75, Amer.; < F brillantine. See BRILLIANT, INE2] * * * …   Universalium

  • brilliantine — bril|lian|tine [ˈbrıljənti:n] n [U] an oily substance that was used in the past on men s hair …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brilliantine — light lustrous cotton and worsted fabric Fabric and Cloth …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • brilliantine — bril·lian·tine || ‚brɪljÉ™n tiːn n. hair slicking gel or cream …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brilliantine — noun 1》 dated scented oil used on men s hair to make it look glossy. 2》 US shiny dress fabric made from cotton and mohair or cotton and worsted. Derivatives brilliantined adjective Origin C19: from Fr. brillantine, from brillant (see brilliant) …   English new terms dictionary

  • brilliantine — noun (U) an oily substance used on men s hair …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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