on·​ion·​skin | \ ˈən-yən-ˌskin How to pronounce onionskin (audio) \

Definition of onionskin

: a thin strong translucent paper of very light weight

Examples of onionskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through most of the 20th century, architectural offices were filled with armies of draftsmen, grease pencils and onionskin paper. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Tech Disruption Can Take Decades—Just Ask Architects," 18 Mar. 2020 Colors ranged from the palest onionskin to an almost brilliant maraschino cherry, yet the color was rarely a clue to the body and character of the wine. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Rosé champagne brings the holiday joy," 28 Dec. 2019 Most followed the prevailing Provençal fashion: rosés the color of pale onionskin. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 To me, the smell would resemble that of time itself, something like onionskin paper. Anicka Yi, The New Yorker, "How I Solved It: Transforming Ideas into Smells," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of onionskin

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Onionskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onionskin. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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