[ shahrk-skin ]

  1. a smooth fabric of acetate or rayon with a dull or chalklike appearance, for apparel.

  2. a fine worsted fabric in twill weave, compact in texture and light to medium in weight, for suits.

Origin of sharkskin

First recorded in 1850–55; shark1 + skin

Words Nearby sharkskin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sharkskin in a sentence

  • He opened the sharkskin cover and flipped a few pages into the text.

    Captives of the Flame | Samuel R. Delany
  • He was dressed in an expensive white sharkskin suit with a white American-style shirt and a black tie.

    The Golden Skull | John Blaine
  • In the doorway of the tailor shop is a dark-complexioned man in a gray sharkskin suit.

    The Wailing Octopus | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He saw the man in the gray sharkskin suit saunter out of the doorway and start toward them.

    The Wailing Octopus | Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for sharkskin


/ (ˈʃɑːkˌskɪn) /

  1. a smooth glossy fabric of acetate rayon, used for sportswear, etc

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