noun, often attributive
buck·​skin | \-ˌskin \

Definition of buckskin 

1a : the skin of a buck

b : a soft pliable usually suede-finished leather

2a buckskins plural : buckskin breeches

b archaic : a person dressed in buckskin especially : an early American backwoodsman

3 : a horse of a light yellowish-dun color with black mane and tail

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Wiry and muscular, he was invariably dressed in a buckskin suit, fringed at the edges, with a deerskin cap ornamented with a fox tail. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 After years of protests by Native Americans and pressure from the N.C.A.A., the University of Illinois in 2007 retired its mascot, Chief Illiniwek, who wore a feathered headdress and beaded buckskin to dance while the band played. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "An Indian ‘Chief’ Mascot Was Dropped. A Decade Later, He’s Still Lurking.," 1 Feb. 2018 Several times a year, Errol Flannery dons his ‘coonskin cap and buckskins to portray his ancestor, the Alamo’s most famous defender, for students in fourth- and seventh-grade Texas history classes in his hometown of Granbury. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Crockett’s family reunion just so happens to," 9 June 2018 The Maine West Warrior was personified by a student dressed in a buckskin-like costume and a feathered headdress. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Maine West High School retires American Indian mascot following debate over use," 1 May 2018 The studio photograph of Theodore Roosevelt in a buckskin hunting costume, rifle at the ready, remains one of the most iconic images of the American conservation movement. Philip Dray, Time, "How This Photo of Theodore Roosevelt in Hunting Gear Helped Jump-Start the American Conservation Movement," 1 May 2018 The Warrior, portrayed by a student, wears a fringed, buckskin-like costume that includes a headdress adorned with feathers of pale blue, one of Maine West’s school colors. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Maine West High School re-examining American Indian mascot after social media criticism," 6 Apr. 2018 The buckskin that will clothe him in the future must be protected from moths with the stink-glands of a skunk. The Economist, "Free exchangeWhy sub-zero interest rates are neither unfair nor unnatural," 3 Feb. 2018 Before the Beatles, there was the 1950s and wholesome All-American Boone with his perfectly coiffed hair, white suede buckskin shoes, fetching smile and a smooth voice that made millions of teenage girls, and likely their mothers, swoon. Rosemarie Dowell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Legendary crooner Pat Boone to perform at Orange Blossom Opry," 19 Jan. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of buckskin

: a soft type of leather that is made especially from the skin of a deer or similar animal


buck·​skin | \ˈbək-ˌskin \

Kids Definition of buckskin

: a soft flexible leather usually having a suede finish

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