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[ seel-skin ]
/ ˈsilˌskɪn /


the skin of a seal.
the skin or fur of the fur seal when prepared for making garments or leather items.
a garment or article made of this fur.


made of sealskin: a sealskin purse.

Nearby words

sealed-beam headlight, sealer, sealery, sealift, sealing wax, sealskin, sealyham terrier, seam, seam binding, seam bowler, seaman

Origin of sealskin

First recorded in 1275–1325, sealskin is from the Middle English word seleskin. See seal2, skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sealskin


/ (ˈsiːlˌskɪn) /


  1. the skin or pelt of a fur seal, esp when dressed with the outer hair removed and the underfur dyed dark brown
  2. (as modifier)a sealskin coat
a garment made of this skin
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

Word Origin and History for sealskin



early 14c., from seal (n.2) + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper