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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There’s a vest made from curly sheepskin in canary and yolk yellows, and a coat in gray with hints of pink inspired by Justin Timberlake’s frosted tips in the early aughts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Reimagines the Ugg With a Deliciously Square Toe," 9 Feb. 2019 Alec Williams's diploma, signed by the chair of the ‘Coard of Trustees.’ Photo: Alec Williams Graduation is an affirmation of scholastic achievement, so why can’t some schools achieve freshman-level spelling mastery on their sheepskins? Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Nice Degree, but Your Diploma Gets an ‘F’ for Spelling," 19 Aug. 2018 While minimalist and Scandinavian designs warm up their streamlined spaces with texture in the form of wool, sheepskin, and linen, industrial design keeps things a little rough around the edges. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Industrial Design," 1 Oct. 2018 With a big black beard, sheepskin leggings and a staff, he is seen gazing into the distance from a mountainous, arid landscape. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 The men didn’t receive their sheepskin coats until after the first snow in October. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 The rooms are a tapestry of textures, with leather seating, sheepskin-and-horn chairs, and furry hides on the beds and floors. Peter Terzian, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: Ken Fulk Creates A Montana Guesthouse That's The Ultimate Winter Getaway," 17 Nov. 2016 To soften the space, Magon added sheepskin throws in the master bedroom and office. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Tour A Modern House That Pulls Off Black Walls With Flair," 23 Aug. 2016 The nearly 3,000-square-foot ground-floor space Dylan’s is eyeing is currently occupied by an Overland sheepskin, leather and fur store. Ryan Ori,, "Dylan's Candy Bar leaving Tribune Tower, expected to reopen nearby," 21 June 2018

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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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