noun, often attributive
buck·​skin | \ ˈbək-ˌskin How to pronounce buckskin (audio) \

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

Examples of buckskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The horse was a big ole buckskin named Stormy Weather. Pam Windsor, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Most of the objects — a Modoc spoon, a Pawnee buckskin coat — were originally collected in Oklahoma and are on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2021 Thibeault wore a handmade buckskin skirt over leggings. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 The living room window sills are lined with animal skulls and crystals, and the walls are hung with Carnegie portraits, including a painting of Lucy seated upon a buckskin, wearing a red head scarf and sheathed knife. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2021 His buckskin trousers and boots sparkle with rows of silver buttons. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 12 June 2021 The neuroscience major will officially don the mountaineer’s coonskin cap, buckskins and rifle at the Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 18. USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2020 Topanga, a densely wooded mountain community, is known for crystal shops, neo-hippies wearing buckskin suits, and lawyers who moved from Santa Monica in search of a bigger back yard. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2019 Many of her movie costumes are displayed and available to purchase, alongside buckskin war shirts, elaborate feather headdresses, hand-beaded moccasins, and locally made earthenware pottery. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of buckskin

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

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“Buckskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckskin. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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buck·​skin | \ ˈbək-ˌskin How to pronounce buckskin (audio) \

Kids Definition of buckskin

: a soft flexible leather usually having a suede finish

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