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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sharkskin

Historical Examples of sharkskin

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

    Captives of the Flame

    Samuel R. Delany

British Dictionary definitions for sharkskin


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