[ bair-skin ]

  1. the skin or pelt of a bear.

  2. 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

Words Nearby bearskin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bearskin in a sentence

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

    Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK | Michael Daly | November 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Then suddenly he would shift shotgun for rifle and come home with a bearskin in the wagon.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Their heads were bare, but one or two of them wore bearskin bands.

  • Consequently they were able to build themselves fine houses and wear "kacalyas" trimmed with bearskin.

  • At first I thought he was a wild animal, because he wore around his waist and over his shoulders a ragged piece of bearskin.

    Before Adam | Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for bearskin


/ (ˈbɛəˌskɪn) /

  1. the pelt of a bear, esp when used as a rug

  2. a tall helmet of black fur worn by certain regiments in the British Army

  1. a rough shaggy woollen cloth, used for overcoats

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