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

Definition of sheepskin

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

Examples of sheepskin in a Sentence

a bag made of sheepskin jobs that don't require a sheepskin
Recent Examples on the Web The soft sheepskin covering keeps my feet super warm (which is a must for me; my floors are always cold). Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Slippers for Women, Since That's All We're Wearing These Days," 4 May 2020 The image on the website showed a full-length coat of buttery sheepskin and plush gray fur. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "‘I feel cheated’: Thousands of fake online stores are rushing to cash in," 24 Dec. 2019 It is written on sheepskin parchment, now the color of dust, with ink made from oak apples. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Ghost of Robert the Bruce and the Scottish Independence Movement," 16 Mar. 2020 When the temperatures drop, these thick and fluffy sheepskin inserts are the perfect addition, adding a plush layer between you and the cold ground as well as firm yet flexible arch support. Popular Science, "The best shoe inserts for your uncomfortable kicks," 4 Feb. 2020 Applying a sheepskin protectant before the first wear is the best line of defense. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean UGGs at Home, No Matter How Minor or Serious the Stain," 14 Jan. 2020 Ugg’s Cozy Knit Slippers feature a soft sheepskin lining and insole for a soft and supportive fit. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "20 perfect gift ideas your grandma will love," 23 Oct. 2019 The city’s cobblestone streets fill with parades of locals dressed in sheepskin, devilish masks, and fur caps representing Kurenti, a mythical figure who ushers in the spring. National Geographic, "," 31 Jan. 2020 While the boots boast a bright red ribbon laced in a crisscross pattern up the back, the slippers have Ugg's trademark ultra-cozy sheepskin lining across the top. Rachel Lubitz, CNN Underscored, "Zappos and Ugg teamed up to create the ultimate holiday shoe collection," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sheepskin

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

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“Sheepskin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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