[ wahyn-skin ]
/ ˈwaɪnˌskɪn /


a bag, usually of goatskin, for carrying wine and having a spigot from which one drinks.

Nearby words

  1. winepress,
  2. winery,
  3. winesap,
  4. winesburg, ohio,
  5. wineshop,
  6. winetaster,
  7. winetasting,
  8. winey,
  9. winfield,
  10. winfred

Origin of wineskin

First recorded in 1815–25; wine + skin

Also called wine bag. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for wineskin

  • I am a wineskin squeezed dry; I am empty of all words and all passions; I am done!

    The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey
  • The man-at-arms had dropped his wineskin in surprise and was staring at what was happening to his comrade.

    The Barbarians|John Sentry
  • "He went round with the wineskin, and filled our cups just as we sat down to breakfast," one of the men said.

    A Jacobite Exile|G. A. Henty
  • Thus, in the course of two days, he had turned this wineskin of a Tabary inside out.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books|Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for wineskin


/ (ˈwaɪnˌskɪn) /


the skin of a sheep or goat sewn up and used as a holder for wine
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