the skin or pelt of a bear.
a tall, black fur cap forming part of the dress uniform of a soldier in some armies.

Origin of bearskin

First recorded in 1670–80; bear2 + skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bearskin

Contemporary Examples of bearskin

  • They stood at attention in their tartan kilts, white leggings and bearskin hats as a Marine band struck up “Hail to the Chief.”

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    Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK

    Michael Daly

    November 11, 2013

Historical Examples of bearskin

  • He wanted a bearskin, even if the fur was not just then in prime condition.

    The House in the Water

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The garment itself was woven of camel's hair, and it was lined with bearskin.


    David Christie Murray

  • Philip had a soldier's cloak and a bench, and a bearskin too—but what was the good?

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

  • Get that bearskin off your horse and make me as comfortable as possible on it.

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil

  • He shook off his muklucks and flung the bearskin parkha into a corner.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

British Dictionary definitions for bearskin



the pelt of a bear, esp when used as a rug
a tall helmet of black fur worn by certain regiments in the British Army
a rough shaggy woollen cloth, used for overcoats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bearskin

from bear (n.) + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper