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 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, "Sinking a ferry, lifting a yoga ban, limiting cash bail: News from around our 50 states," 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, "L.A.’s Fire Zone Prepares for the Blaze," 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, "The Seven-Stop Shopping Guide to Santa Fe," 9 Sep. 2019 Hagel named his 9-year-old buckskin gelding Shamrock, after his high school mascot, and Rumsfeld named his Montana, because the arid, mountainous landscape around the Mongolian capital reminded him of that state. Washington Post, "Pentagon chief visits Mongolia to strengthen military bonds," 9 Aug. 2019 Deutsch was at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles when Manson arrived that same day, a tiny figure in buckskin, hair in scraggly disarray. Los Angeles Times, "Charles Manson’s murderous imprint on L.A. endures as other killers have come and gone," 28 July 2019 Popular culture long portrayed American pioneers as Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett, wearing buckskins, fighting off Shawnee warriors or Red Sticks, and opening the way to settlements on the western frontier. James R. Hansen, Discover Magazine, "For Neil, Apollo Was the First Step in Humanity's Cosmic Migration," 20 May 2019 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

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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 12 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce buckskin (audio) \

Kids Definition of buckskin

: a soft flexible leather usually having a suede finish

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