pig·​skin | \ ˈpig-ˌskin \

Definition of pigskin 

1 : the skin of a swine or leather made of it
2a : a jockey's saddle

Examples of pigskin in a Sentence

The collar is made of pigskin.

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Baseball has its Hall of Fame in a relatively inaccessible region of the Empire State boondocks, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio, which no one but a truly determined pigskin fan would go out of his way to visit. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Museums We Never Knew We Were Missing," 9 Aug. 2018 All day Burkhardt was carrying around a spiral-bound, pigskin-textured notebook with a handwritten chart inside listing draft grades he’d been given for his clients by 20 to 25 NFL teams. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "24 Hours ... With Bradley Chubb and His Team at the NFL Draft," 1 May 2018 But more to the point at this pigskin-impassioned moment in time, the museum also pokes holes in fake history, some of it perpetuated by the Minnesota football team. Tommy Rowan, Philly.com, "Note to Minnesota: Real Vikings didn't wear horns," 19 Jan. 2018 Fans can throw around the pigskin with active NFL players, former players and Hall-of-Famers while learning draft strategies from nationally known fantasy football gurus. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys star joins Tony Romo as co-owner of fantasy football convention in Fort Worth," 11 July 2018 The hands, which are custom cut for women, are made from supple yet durable pigskin leather, while the arms are made from super tough goatskin to protect you from twigs. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "10 Best Gardening Gloves," 12 Apr. 2017 This palindromic pigskin powerhouse has won eight Vanier Cups in its 18 seasons and 11 consecutive conference championships. John Walters, Newsweek, "Canada's Laval University Shows How to Do Football Right," 26 Oct. 2014 Between spliced footage of kids running and doing jumping jacks, Obama makes a cameo on the White House lawn, tossing around the old pigskin. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Putting down his stick, picking up a pigskin Football coaches at major universities expect that every once in a while one of their former players will make it to the Super Bowl. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Flashes of Greatness When Alshon Jeffery, Tom Brady and Other Super Bowl Stars Were in College," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pigskin

circa 1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pigskin

: leather made from the skin of a pig

: the ball used in American football

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