calf·​skin | \ ˈkaf-ˌskin How to pronounce calfskin (audio) , ˈkäf- also ˈkāf-\

Definition of calfskin

: leather made of the skin of a calf

Examples of calfskin in a Sentence

Her boots are made of calfskin.

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An original in lambskin and crocodile embossed calfskin sells for $6,200 on the Chanel site. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Every invention you use has one thing in common," 18 June 2019 The soles of these slippers are calfskin, which means using them to walk through the morning dusting of snow to get the mail likely isn’t the best idea. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Pair of Slippers I’ll Buy," 23 Nov. 2018 Both the black and tan leather options use genuine calfskin (sorry, vegan friends), and the lighter of the two also has a matching golden metal frame around the phone. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Huawei adds new colors to the P20 Pro plus leather back options for China," 1 Sep. 2018 The miniature pouch features an easy-to-clean nylon shell lined with luxurious embossed calfskin for a touch of glam and includes a detachable leather wristlet for easy access if it's stored in a travel bag or purse. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 21 Best Makeup Bags and Cosmetic Cases for Every Budget," 29 Aug. 2018 The perfectly rectangular bag is made of smooth calfskin leather and comes in four sumptuous colors: black, bone, dark purple, and dark rose. Leora Herman, The Cut, "A Glam Rock Cross-Body That Will Add Life to Any Outfit," 20 Apr. 2018 The modern version, which costs about $7,000 to $52,000, has been updated with interchangeable straps made of steel, gold, calfskin or alligator skin. Maghan Mcdowell, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cartier’s boldface foray into SF designed to dazzle," 13 Apr. 2018 The original copy of the Declaration, which is stored at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., was etched into calfskin and signed by 56 delegates. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Copy of Declaration of Independence, Hidden Behind Wall Paper During the Civil War, Resurfaces in Texas," 21 Feb. 2018 Step aside zebra or cheetah; this time of year, certain boot-scooting Texans prefer terra-cotta or graphic black-and-white calfskin. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "What to wear: Hottest rodeo accessory is 'Longhorn' bag," 21 Feb. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of calfskin

: leather made from the skin of a calf


calf·​skin | \ ˈkaf-ˌskin How to pronounce calfskin (audio) , ˈkäf-\

Kids Definition of calfskin

: leather made from the skin of a calf

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