coon·​skin | \ ˈkün-ˌskin How to pronounce coonskin (audio) \

Definition of coonskin

1 : the skin or pelt of the raccoon
2 : an article (such as a cap or coat) made of coonskin

Examples of coonskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a table outside the auction, there’s a black-and-white picture of Smith tucked up under the shoulder of John Wayne, who’s wearing a coonskin cap. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 28 July 2021 Davy Crockett is famous for rocking a coonskin cap up to his dying day, which many historians believe was March 6, 1836 while defending the Alamo. René A. Guzman,, 25 Aug. 2020 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 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, 9 June 2018 The coats that the department stores were cutting up to make coonskin hats were holdovers from a fad that flourished in the 1920s. Jennifer Le Zotte, Smithsonian, 8 Feb. 2017 Jessica Kincaid, outfitted in coonskin cap, plays Dunn, the expedition’s hunter and, ultimately, Powell’s rival for control of the expedition. Robert W. Butler, kansascity, 10 Sep. 2017 Kefauver, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in a coonskin cap, became a celebrity as a result of the hearings., 12 Aug. 2017 At one point Fess Parker, in full costume as Disney’s television and big-screen Davy Crockett, complete with coonskin cap, approached him on horseback. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of coonskin

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coonskin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coonskin

: the skin and fur of a raccoon

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