[ seel-skin ]

  1. the skin of a seal.

  2. the skin or fur of the fur seal when prepared for making garments or leather items.

  1. a garment or article made of this fur.

  1. made of sealskin: a sealskin purse.

Origin of sealskin

First recorded in 1275–1325, sealskin is from the Middle English word seleskin.See seal2, skin

Words Nearby sealskin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sealskin in a sentence

  • A man is lured into a fatal obsession when he is hired to make a sealskin bag for a woman born with her heart outside her body.

  • Years after, one of their children finds her sealskin, and runs to display it to his mother, not knowing it was hers.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • In summer their clothing is of sealskin and fishskin; and in winter it is of the thicker reindeer hides.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales | Clara Kern Bayliss
  • His body is like that of a man except that his feet are very large and look like sealskin muffs.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales | Clara Kern Bayliss
  • She saw nothing—nothing whatever—in Mr. Fenwick's bringing her mother a beautiful sealskin jacket as a Christmas present.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan

British Dictionary definitions for sealskin


/ (ˈsiːlˌskɪn) /

    • the skin or pelt of a fur seal, esp when dressed with the outer hair removed and the underfur dyed dark brown

    • (as modifier): a sealskin coat

  1. a garment made of this skin

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