sharkskin

noun
shark·​skin | \ ˈshärk-ˌskin How to pronounce sharkskin (audio) \

Definition of sharkskin

1 : the hide of a shark or leather made from it
2a : a smooth durable woolen or worsted suiting in twill or basket weave with small woven designs
b : a smooth crisp fabric with a dull finish made usually of rayon in basket weave

Examples of sharkskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plague ran in the blood of men in sharkskin suits, who ran for president promising life and delivering death. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 30 Aug. 2020 In 2012, Lauder tested swimsuit material, purported to reduce drag like sharkskin, that 80 percent of winning swimmers at the Sydney Olympics wore. Joanna Klein, National Geographic, 28 July 2020 In laboratory experiments, Lauder found that sharkskin-like material moved faster and used less energy than smooth material. Joanna Klein, National Geographic, 28 July 2020 Freshen your modern suit style while enjoying enduring comfort with the versatile gray-tone sharkskin fabric of this slim-fit comfort stretch suit from Perry Ellis. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 9 July 2020 De Shields is, as usual, unlike anyone else onstage, this time in a sharkskin suit. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2019 Inside a fish and chip shop—the set of the new #GucciTailoring campaign—@harrystyles wears a macro gingham sharkskin dressing gown as a coat over a Heritage pinstripe wool suit. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, 4 June 2018 Tom Wolfe arrives for his interview at Sardi’s East a surprising five minutes early wearing a pale-grey sharkskin suit and a tie twice as wide as usual with a lot of whorly clowns dancing about on it. Vogue, 15 May 2018 Nick Cave, in a sharkskin suit and white shoes, took the microphone, and the transition from Barry White to the Bad Seeds was complete. Rachel Kushner, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sharkskin

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sharkskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharkskin. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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