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buckskin

[buhk-skin] /ˈbʌkˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a buck or deer.
2.
a strong, soft, yellowish or grayish leather, originally prepared from deerskins, now usually from sheepskins.
3.
buckskins, breeches or shoes made of buckskin.
4.
a stiff, firm, starched cotton cloth with a smooth surface and napped back.
5.
a sturdy wool fabric constructed in satin weave, napped and cropped short to provide a smooth finish, and used in the manufacture of outer garments.
6.
a person, especially a backwoodsman, dressed in buckskin.
7.
a horse the color of buckskin.
adjective
8.
made of buckskin:
buckskin gloves.
9.
having the color of buckskin; yellowish or grayish.
Origin of buckskin
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at buck1, skin
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Examples from the Web for buckskins
Historical Examples
  • But Rube would not have been naked; he never doffed his buckskins.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • But the buckskins were sinewed with whalebone and used to desert work.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • She did not answer him, but absently twisted the fringe of his buckskins in her fingers.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • His brother buckskins thought he was crazy—some of them did.

    The Prairie Schooner William Francis Hooker
  • So I did, now I recollect; but still the buckskins must be found.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • "My buckskins are gone, sir, and no mistake," replied our gentleman.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • Everything about him, from his buckskins to the way he had built his house, marked him for what he was.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He wore his finest moccasins and buckskins, and he was talking calmly.

    The Story of Geronimo James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Many have gone to trade their rifles and some clothing for buckskins.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • Yet with the approach of the vernal equinox I began to overhaul my buckskins.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for buckskins

buckskins

/ˈbʌkˌskɪnz/
plural noun
1.
(in the US and Canada) breeches, shoes, or a suit of buckskin

buckskin

/ˈbʌkˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a male deer
2.
  1. a strong greyish-yellow suede leather, originally made from deerskin but now usually made from sheepskin
  2. (as modifier): buckskin boots
3.
(US) (sometimes capital) a person wearing buckskin clothes, esp an American soldier of the Civil War
4.
a stiffly starched cotton cloth
5.
a strong satin-woven woollen fabric
adjective
6.
greyish-yellow
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Word Origin and History for buckskins

buckskin

n.

c.1300, "skin of a buck," from buck (n.1) + skin (n.). Meaning "leather made from buckskin" was in use by 1804. The word was a nickname for Continental troops in the American Revolution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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