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

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at buck1, skin
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Historical Examples of buckskins

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for buckskins


pl n
  1. (in the US and Canada) breeches, shoes, or a suit of buckskin
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  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 a strong greyish-yellow suede leather, originally made from deerskin but now usually made from sheepskin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
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  1. greyish-yellow
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Word Origin and History for buckskins



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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper