[kaf-skin, kahf-]


the skin or hide of a calf.
leather made from this skin.

Origin of calfskin

First recorded in 1580–90; calf1 + skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calfskin

Historical Examples of calfskin

  • The Duke had put off his calfskin vest, the weather being too hot for it.

  • The laces were thongs of calfskin, each of them a full yard long.

    The Boy Tar

    Mayne Reid

  • The first attempt should be made on a piece of Russian calfskin.

  • Remember that, as previously stated, Russian calfskin is the best for tooling.

  • When one walks in calfskin boots—yes; but not when one goes barefooted!

    Lucky Pehr

    August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for calfskin



the skin or hide of a calf
Also called: calf
  1. fine leather made from this skin
  2. (as modifier)calfskin boots
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