Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The hide of a calf.
  • n. Fine leather made from the hide of a calf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fine leather made from the hide of a calf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hide or skin of a calf; or leather made of the skin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hide or skin of a calf.
  • n. Leather made of calves' skins, a common material for boots and shoes, and also, when differently prepared, for bookbinding. Calfskin differs from morocco in having a very smooth and uniform surface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fine leather from the skin of a calf

Etymologies

calf +‎ skin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A courageous commander-in-chief, who tells West Wing advisors sipping lattes in Italian calfskin loafers what they have to do, rather than ask the George Bush question, "What should we do?"

    Anthony D. Romero: Obama: Close Gitmo On Day One -- You Can Do It. We've Got Your Back.

  • Copies of the same books, mostly bound in calfskin, were to be found in the library below, and I courageously resolved that I too would read them all and try to understand life as he did.

    Twenty Years at Hull-House, With Autobiographical Notes

  • "covered in supple" Swift "calfskin which is, of course, hand-wrapped after a time-consuming tanning process that gives it a fantastic luxurious feel"

    Gizmodo

  • The straps will be available in sets of two, including traditional alligator and calfskin and a range of colored silk straps.

    Basel: A Sneak Preview

  • I bought two pairs from local leather shops: a brown pigskin and a shiny black calfskin.

    Second Skin

  • The circular pattern is hand-embossed and quilted on totes and soft portfolio clutches in red, blue, pastel, black and white in patent leather, lacquered calfskin or a semi-opaque Nappa leather.

    Fresh Picks: Fashion News

  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal Leica V-Lux 30 This is more of a pocket camera, but pair it with a beautiful brown leather calfskin case ($130) designed specifically for the V-Lux 30 and you can wear it around your neck (or slung over your shoulder), ready to be deployed.

    The Non-Touristy Tourist Camera

  • Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal This Dax Gabler "Hunter" bag is made of French calfskin and will sell for $655 at www.daxgabler.com in July.

    Devi Kroell, Take Two

  • Equally eye-catching in a light olive, four button, single-breasted suit with an ecru cotton shirt and olive silk jacquard pattern tie was his best friend, Julian, whose outfit was complemented by brown calfskin oxfords.

    Who Said It Would Be Easy

  • Polo players in the British Army are said to have brought the idea of a calfskin ankle boot over from India and adapted it for the North African desert during World War II.

    Riding High

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