deer·​skin ˈdir-ˌskin How to pronounce deerskin (audio)
: leather made from the skin of a deer
also : a garment of this leather

Examples of deerskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of the rubber balls, plastic sticks and helmets used today, the original players were equipped with wooden sticks with a netted leather head and deerskin balls. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2023 This particular deerskin style comes in a supple, buttery leather worthy of the shoe’s steep price tag; but the shoe also comes in a few other materials such as wool for cooler climates and suede for the warmer months. Todd Plummer, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2023 Although the nylon back of the glove is waterproof, the palm, made of deerskin leather, is not. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Apr. 2023 Check out the Gulisi Garifuna Museum to learn about the history of the people and their contributions to today’s vibrant cultural community, and step into the Lebeha Drumming Center to try your hand at working the instruments, made from mahogany and deerskin. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 These gloves are crafted from full-grain deerskin, with plush shearling cuffs and Thinsulate insulation. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2023 The idea behind this unusual design is that 2.75-ounce deerskin, stitched with as few seams as possible for fewer weak points, provides better protection than carbon-fiber armor, which can fracture and cause worse injury. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 With a French duck-feather fill and a slick black deerskin shell, this sleeveless wonder conveys urbane polish, not nautical necessity. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2021 These thermal gloves are made out of real deerskin suede leather and thermal polar fleece, which a system of fibers and microfibers to trap in heat. Popular Science, 30 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deerskin was in the 14th century

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“Deerskin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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deer·​skin ˈdi(ə)r-ˌskin How to pronounce deerskin (audio)
: leather made from the skin of a deer
: a garment of deerskin

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