Meaning of brilliantine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbrɪlj(ə)ntiːn/

Translate brilliantine into Spanish


mass noun
  • 1 dated Scented oil used on men's hair to make it look glossy.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘My hair is wavy now that I rubbed fingertips of brilliantine through it and combed and brushed it.’
    • ‘Prior to the 1970's an oily dressing, like brilliantine, was popular among smart young men.’
  • 2US Shiny dress fabric made from cotton and mohair or cotton and worsted.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘A young woman sulking in a brilliantine dress cut through.’
    • ‘Ez wore that old black brilliantine dress of mothers and a wide brimmed hat.’


Late 19th century from French brillantine, from brillant ‘shining’ (see brilliant).