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

Nearby words

  1. bearings,
  2. bearish,
  3. bearishly,
  4. bearnaise,
  5. bearpaw,
  6. bearwood,
  7. beas,
  8. beast,
  9. beast epic,
  10. beast of burden

Origin of bearskin

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

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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
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Word Origin and History for bearskin



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

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