brilliantine n : a pomade to make the hair manageable and lustrous
- A hair pomade, making
the hair shine brilliantly.
- 1921 "I wouldn't 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.
- 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.
Brilliantine is a hair-grooming product and was created at the turn of the 20th century, when French perfumer Ed. Pinaud presented a product he called Brillantine (from the French brillant meaning "brilliant") at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. It consisted of a perfumed and colored oily liquid and was intended to soften men's hair, including beards and moustaches, and give it a glossy, well-groomed appearance.