1. the skin of a doe.
  2. leather made from this.
  3. doeskins, soft leather gloves made of sheepskin.
  4. a closely woven woolen cloth made with a satin or a small twill weave.
  1. made of doeskin.

Origin of doeskin

First recorded in 1425–75, doeskin is from the late Middle English word doskin. See doe, skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doeskin

Historical Examples of doeskin

  • The simplest twills are the so-called "doeskin" and "prunella."

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • She turned away, the fringe of her doeskin skirt swirling about her shins.


    Robert Shea

  • Nigel had to turn his doeskin heels and show his little golden spurs.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • There is an odd suggestion of a dinner jacket about his doeskin coat.

  • When all had been cut away, he placed them in the doeskin pouch that hung at his belt.

    Hawk Eye

    David Cory

British Dictionary definitions for doeskin


  1. the skin of a deer, lamb, or sheep
  2. a very supple leather made from this skin and used esp for gloves
  3. a heavy smooth satin-weave or twill-weave cloth
  4. (modifier) made of doeskin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012