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cow·​hide ˈkau̇-ˌhīd How to pronounce cowhide (audio)
: the hide of a cow
also : leather made from this hide
: a coarse whip of rawhide or braided leather


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cowhided; cowhiding

transitive verb

: to flog with a cowhide whip

Examples of cowhide in a Sentence

Noun a cloth made of cowhide Verb was cowhiding the horse until a police officer intervened
Recent Examples on the Web
In this dining area, bright purple appears on a faux cowhide rug, which grounds the table and introduces an eclectic aspect to the modern space. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 There are countless color options, but this pair — in a light rose cowhide suede — feels a little special and extra gift-worthy. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2023 The bag is made of both cowhide leather and canvas, which adds an extra layer of durability and even keeps the bag water-resistant. Todd Plummer, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2023 For the décor, Phoenix architect Ron Masters whipped up a pastiche of 50 unique dining alcoves, which included a still standing den lined in cowhide and a table in an old walk-in meat cooler. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Feb. 2023 All of the restaurant’s design elements, from the clay bricks on the wall to the cowhide chairs in the dining room, were made in Mexico. Dallas News, 2 Apr. 2022 Duck in for a Diet Coke, and walk out with a cowhide flask, pickled quail eggs, and beaver-faced fuzzy slippers. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2023 From the cowhide rugs to handcrafted vases to alpaca wool pillows, each item in this collection showcases homey organic materials and autumnal hues while also hailing a sense of adventure. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, 20 Aug. 2020 Il Bisonte's belt bag is made from smooth, cowhide leather, that has been tanned and responsibly produced in Italy. Shelby Ying Hyde,, 31 May 2023
These sneakers feature white pebble leather, faux pony hair, and cowhide detachable straps. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 23 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cowhide was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cowhide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
cow·​hide -ˌhīd How to pronounce cowhide (audio)
: the hide of a cow or leather made from it
: a whip of rawhide or braided leather


2 of 2 verb
cowhided; cowhiding
: to whip with a cowhide

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