calf·​skin ˈkaf-ˌskin How to pronounce calfskin (audio)
 also  ˈkāf-
: leather made of the skin of a calf

Examples of calfskin in a Sentence

Her boots are made of calfskin.
Recent Examples on the Web Take your pick from durable canvas or calfskin leather in neutrals. Alexis Bennett Parker, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2024 On him: Dries Van Noten brown linen, viscose, and silk coat, $2,385; Ralph Lauren Purple Label white cotton and silk henley shirt, $395; Giorgio Armani cognac linen pants, $2,095, and brown leather belt, $425; Hermès black sandals with notched sole in liquorice cotton serge and calfskin, $920. Alex Badia, Robb Report, 2 Mar. 2024 Glamour can exclusively confirm that the company is transitioning from vegan leather to real calfskin leather for nearly all of its handbag styles. Sam Reed, Glamour, 9 Feb. 2024 However, the calfskin versions of the brand's most in-demand styles have already rolled out online with little fanfare. Sam Reed, Glamour, 9 Feb. 2024 Clients have the opportunity to select their preferred color and type of leather, ranging from standards like smoothed or grained calfskin, cordovan, or suede, as well as Suzuki’s enviable selection of exotic skins including crocodile, lizard, and ostrich. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024 Albeit a game for the economic select who can shell out for $1,800 Lay’s potato-chip clutches, $4,800 padded bathrobes, $1,780 trash-bag purses made of calfskin, or 95-cent Ikea bags transformed into $2,000 totes. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2024 Somewhere in between: a rose calfskin tote by Burberry, priced at $1,565. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2023 Both models also come with the option of a blue cordura-effect rubber strap and a brown calfskin strap. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calfskin was in the 15th century

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“Calfskin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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calf·​skin ˈkaf-ˌskin How to pronounce calfskin (audio)
: leather made from the skin of a calf

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