mole·​skin ˈmōl-ˌskin How to pronounce moleskin (audio)
: the skin of the mole used as fur
: a heavy durable cotton fabric with a short thick velvety nap on one side
: a garment made of moleskin
usually used in plural
: adhesive padding (as for blisters) made of moleskin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The moleskin tasting gilet, meanwhile, is based on a garment favored by St. John co-founder Trevor Gulliver during his vineyard visits, and sports four outer pockets meant to hold notepads and corkscrews. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 24 May 2023 The kit includes medical essentials like bandages of various sizes, antibiotic ointment, sterile non-woven sponges, antiseptic wipes, moleskin, and AfterBite wipes for insect bites. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2023 Other essential items include a basic first-aid kit, activity-specific items like sunscreen, bug spray, moleskin or duct table for blisters, and a Mylar emergency heat blanket (which can also serve as a great signal for search and rescue planes in the event you get really lost). Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, 24 Apr. 2019 The kit comes with 130 pieces of first aid items ranging from bandages and band-aids to moleskins and disposable thermometers — all with kid-friendly patterned packaging. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2023 Its has two hand-warmer pockets lined in moleskin, two snap bellow pockets at the waist, and an interior pocket at the left chest. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 7 Mar. 2023 With a weatherproof waxed cotton shell, generous exterior pockets (in fact, the posterior pockets are built to fit a grouse, or perhaps just a copy of the Times), and a moleskin lining, this jacket is the de rigeur choice for hunters. Brett Braley, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2022 Grab some moleskin padding from any drug store and super glue it around the small hole in your bra to keep the underwire in place. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 14 Feb. 2023 The designer’s moleskin jeans, which feature his signature brass buttons, are a perennial in his collection—and will hopefully be a perennial in your winter wardrobe. Barry Samaha, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of moleskin was in 1668

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“Moleskin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


mole·​skin ˈmōl-ˌskin How to pronounce moleskin (audio)
: adhesive padding (such as for blisters) typically made of a heavy, durable, cotton fabric with a soft nap on one side

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