sheep·​skin | \ ˈshēp-ˌskin How to pronounce sheepskin (audio) \

Definition of sheepskin

1a : the skin of a sheep also : leather prepared from it
b : parchment
c : a garment made of or lined with sheepskin
2 : diploma

Examples of sheepskin in a Sentence

a bag made of sheepskin jobs that don't require a sheepskin

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Leather products, deerskin, sheepskin and goatskin also are exempt, along with the work of taxidermists. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "California could soon ban sale of new fur products under bill sent to governor," 11 Sep. 2019 Wolves and sheepskins But the most powerful arguments for free university are about values rather than economic efficiency. The Economist, "Should university be free?," 16 July 2019 The room is sleek and spare (other than the sheepskin throws tossed over chairs), the better to focus on the food: local, seasonal, and artfully created. Pamela Wright,, "When in Connecticut, head for the Hills," 28 Aug. 2019 But all those sheepskins have a steep opportunity cost. Jason Delisle, National Review, "What European Countries Sacrifice for Free College," 15 Aug. 2019 All of the styles are, of course, made of Uggs’s signature suede and sheepskin. Teen Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta and Ugg Released the Campaign for Their Autumn Winter 2019 Collaboration," 7 Aug. 2019 Millennials only got a piece of sheepskin with some Latin scribbled on it. The Economist, "Smashed like avocados: how young people are treated by their elders," 10 July 2019 However, little touches have been added everywhere—from sheepskin coverings on the dining room chairs to a multitude of fresh layered fabrics in the nursery. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "How to Create a Stylish Home That Still Reflects Every Family Member's Personalities," 14 June 2019 On his upper arms, bracelets made of sheepskin were filled with excerpts of the Quran to give him strength. Christian Bobst, National Geographic, "A modern juggernaut with traditional roots: Inside Senegalese wrestling," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sheepskin

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of sheepskin

: the skin of a sheep usually with the wool still on it
: a type of leather made from the skin of a sheep
US, informal + humorous : a diploma from a college or university


sheep·​skin | \ ˈshēp-ˌskin How to pronounce sheepskin (audio) \

Kids Definition of sheepskin

: the skin of a sheep or leather prepared from it

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