goat·​skin ˈgōt-ˌskin How to pronounce goatskin (audio)
: the skin of a goat
: leather made from goatskin

Examples of goatskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Note that the Superior Glove goatskin gloves only come in white, which will get dirty easily. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Apr. 2024 Bound by award-winning artist Kate Holland, the stylish tome features a black goatskin cover that shows a 1950s map of the Big Apple. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2024 Layered on top are goatskin or sheepskin pelts secured at the waist by a wide leather belt from which a cowbell hangs. Susan Portnoy, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 The celebration is characterized by colorful and elaborate costumes, vibrant music (featuring instruments like goatskin drums and cowbells) and spirited dancing. Melissa Noel, Essence, 18 Dec. 2023 Upstairs, a 1970s-era drinks cabinet covered in lacquered goatskin parchment competes for attention with the swirling oil painting above it, a work by the Danish artist Tanja Nis-Hansen. Ellie Pithers, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 Where some privacy covers are rendered useless by bending or curling with frequent travels, this tag’s sturdy goatskin leather and buckle strap promise the flap stays firmly attached over your name card. Irene Richardson, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2023 Although the lineup shifted, the Chieftains came to include celebrated musicians such as Martin Fay and Sean Keane on the fiddle, Derek Bell on harp, Matt Molloy on flute and Kevin Conneff on vocals and the bodhran, a traditional drum with a goatskin head. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 With its walls covered in goatskin paintings, Amharic alphabet charts, family photos and depictions of events in French Ethiopian diplomatic history, Le Négus looks like a colorful classroom. Lindsey Tramuta Thibault Montamat, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goatskin was in the 15th century

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“Goatskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goatskin. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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goat·​skin -ˌskin How to pronounce goatskin (audio)
: the skin of a goat or a leather made from it

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