the skin or hide of a goat.
leather made from it.

Origin of goatskin

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at goat, skin
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Contemporary Examples of goatskin

Historical Examples of goatskin

  • The goatskin remained clinging tight to the pope all the same.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • And when her head is severed, wrap it in the goatskin on which the shield hangs.

  • A man, when he is a father, wears a cape of goatskin "inadequate for decency."


    William Graham Sumner

  • Suzanne heard, and her face grew white as the goatskin cloak she wore.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • It matched the coat of goatskin, the bare knees and the moccasins I had planned for him.

    Amazing Grace

    Kate Trimble Sharber

British Dictionary definitions for goatskin



the hide of a goat
  1. something made from the hide of a goat, such as leather or a container for wine
  2. (as modifier)a goatskin rug
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Word Origin and History for goatskin

late 14c., from goat + skin (n.).

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