[ sheep-skin ]
/ ˈʃipˌskɪn /


the skin of a sheep, especially such a skin dressed with the wool on, as for a garment.
leather, parchment, or the like, made from the skin of sheep.
Informal. a diploma.


made from the skin of a sheep.
(of a garment) lined with the skin of a sheep dressed with the wool on.

Origin of sheepskin

First recorded in 1150–1200, sheepskin is from the Middle English word shepskinn. See sheep, skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sheepskin

/ (ˈʃiːpˌskɪn) /


  1. the skin of a sheep, esp when used for clothing, etc, or with the fleece removed and used for parchment
  2. (as modifier)a sheepskin coat
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