Definition of massage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmæsɑːʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//məˈsɑːʒ//
Complementary medicine
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[uncountable, countable] the action of rubbing and pressing a person’s body with the hands to reduce pain in the muscles and joints Massage will help the pain. a back massage to give somebody a massage massage oils Once a week I have a sauna and a massage. The physiotherapist gave me a massage to ease the pain. They managed to revive the injured driver with cardiac massage. Wordfinderacupuncture, chiropractor, complementary medicine, herbalism, holistic, homeopathy, hypnotist, massage, reflexology, treatment See related entries: Complementary medicine Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French, from masser ‘knead, treat with massage’, probably from Portuguese amassar ‘knead’, from massa ‘dough’.
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