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 De Shields is, as usual, unlike anyone else onstage, this time in a sharkskin suit. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 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, "Harry Styles Stars in Gucci Campaign With a Chicken," 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, "Portrait of a Reporter as a Young Man: Tom Wolfe in Vogue, April 1966," 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, "Rachel Kushner on the San Francisco Dives of Her Youth, and That Time She Tended Bar With Keith Richards," 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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