pelt·​ry | \ ˈpel-trē How to pronounce peltry (audio) \
plural peltries

Definition of peltry

: pelts, furs especially : raw undressed skins often used in plural

Examples of peltry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Polar bear populations were high, and the seal hunt was producing a good income for Inuit hunters before French actress Brigitte Bardot’s protest killed peltry fashion. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of peltry

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peltry

Middle English, from Anglo-French pelterie, from peleter furrier, from pelette small skin, from pel skin, from Latin pellis — more at fell

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“Peltry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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