Sheepskin Sheep"skin`, n. 1. The skin of a sheep; or, leather prepared from it. [1913 Webster]

2. A diploma; -- so called because usually written or printed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep. [College Cant] [1913 Webster]

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  • sheepskin — c.1200, the skin of a sheep, from SHEEP (Cf. sheep) + SKIN (Cf. skin) (n.). Meaning diploma dates from 1804; so called because formerly made of sheepskin parchment …   Etymology dictionary

  • sheepskin — ► NOUN ▪ a sheep s skin with the wool on, especially when made into a garment or rug …   English terms dictionary

  • sheepskin — [shēp′skin΄] n. 1. the skin of a sheep, esp. one dressed with the fleece on it, as for a coat 2. parchment or leather made from the skin of a sheep: the parchment is often used for documents, as diplomas ☆ 3. Informal DIPLOMA …   English World dictionary

  • Sheepskin — For other uses, see Sheepskin (disambiguation). A whole sheepskin Sheepskin is the hide of a sheep, sometimes also called lambskin. Unlike common leather, sheepskin is tanned with the fleece intact, as in a pelt.[1 …   Wikipedia

  • sheepskin — UK [ˈʃiːpˌskɪn] / US [ˈʃɪpˌskɪn] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms sheepskin : singular sheepskin plural sheepskins the skin of a sheep with the wool still on it a sheepskin coat/jacket/rug …   English dictionary

  • sheepskin — sheep|skin [ ʃip,skın ] noun 1. ) count or uncount the skin of a sheep with the wool still on it: a sheepskin jacket/rug 2. ) count a coat made of sheepskin …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sheepskin — [[t]ʃi͟ːpskɪn[/t]] sheepskins N VAR: oft N n Sheepskin is the skin of a sheep with the wool still attached to it, used especially for making coats and rugs. ...a sheepskin coat …   English dictionary

  • sheepskin — n. a high school or college diploma. □ When you get that sheepskin on the wall, you’ll feel like it was all worth something. □ Where is your sheepskin from? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • sheepskin — noun Date: 13th century 1. a. the skin of a sheep; also leather prepared from it b. parchment c. a garment made of or lined with sheepskin 2. diploma …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sheepskin — noun Sheepskin is used before these nouns: ↑jacket, ↑slipper …   Collocations dictionary

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