cow·​hide | \ ˈkau̇-ˌhīd How to pronounce cowhide (audio) \

Definition of cowhide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the hide of a cow also : leather made from this hide
2 : a coarse whip of rawhide or braided leather


cowhided; cowhiding

Definition of cowhide (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to flog with a cowhide whip

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Examples of cowhide in a Sentence


a cloth made of cowhide


was cowhiding the horse until a police officer intervened

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Head out with the family to an Alaska Baseball League game at Chugiak’s Lee Jordan Field on the right night, and your kids could head home happy with a memento covered in cowhide. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s ballparks: At Chugiak’s Lee Jordan Field, you can sit in the bleachers or on the grass," 12 July 2019 The four-star hotel is adorned in quirky details and posh furnishings, including cowhide chairs, Taschen coffee table books, and room cards featuring punchy jokes and Indie art. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Amsterdam," 29 May 2019 The stars rocked many summery looks throughout the trip, but Onia seemed to be the brand of choice, with Turner rocking the Danielle one-piece that Kylie Jenner famously wore in a cowhide print design. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Just Went to Her First Ever Jonas Brothers Concert," 31 Mar. 2019 In January, Jenner posted an image of herself lounging on a boat in a cowhide-print, buckle-belted one-piece from that same Western collection. Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Bandana Bikini on Instagram—and It's Available on Amazon," 19 Apr. 2019 Think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and leather couches. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Noticeably missing arms, the wide seat is covered in luxurious cowhide (the original was pigskin) that features deep hand-tufting in a neat grid pattern across the back and seat. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Here’s How the Iconic Barcelona Chair Design Came to Be," 23 Jan. 2019 Office: Armchair covering, printed cowhide in chocolate and white—Pacific Hide & Leather (T); House Beautiful, "September 2011 Issue Product Guide," 29 June 2011 Before designing the boxy bags, which have expanded from rainbow beads to include a bunch of quirky motifs, like fruit prints and cowhide, Korn worked in the jewelry space. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "The Story Behind Susan Alexandra, Fashion's Most Delightful Handbag Brand," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cowhide


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1794, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cowhide

: the skin of a cow or leather made from it


cow·​hide | \ ˈkau̇-ˌhīd How to pronounce cowhide (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowhide

1 : the hide of cattle or leather made from it
2 : a whip of rawhide or braided leather

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