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.
  1. made of buckskin: buckskin gloves.
  2. having the color of buckskin; yellowish or grayish.

Origin of buckskin

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at buck1, skin
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Examples from the Web for buckskin

Historical Examples of buckskin

  • Pass me the thong of buckskin, Uncas, and let me take the length of this foot.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Mrs. McNeil rose, carried it outside the gate, and planted it by Buckskin's side.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • She did not heed his swift gesture in ripping back the buckskin vest.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • There was also a buckskin waistcoat which was aged and ripened.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • His garments were sadly torn, and he had patched them in many places with buckskin.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

British Dictionary definitions for buckskin


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 a strong greyish-yellow suede leather, originally made from deerskin but now usually made from sheepskin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

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