pelt·​ry ˈpel-trē How to pronounce peltry (audio)
plural peltries
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Peltry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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