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

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

Historical Examples of 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

  • 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

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for wineskin



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