Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The skin of a sheep either tanned with the fleece left on or in the form of leather or parchment.
  • noun Informal A diploma.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The skin of a sheep; especially, such a skin dressed or preserved with the wool on, and used as a garment in many parts of Europe, as by peasants, shepherds, etc.
  • noun Leather made from the skin of a sheep. See sheep, 2.
  • noun A diploma, deed, or the like engrossed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The skin of a sheep; or, leather prepared from it.
  • noun College Cant A diploma; -- so called because usually written or printed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The skin of a sheep, especially when used to make parchment or in bookbinding
  • noun US, countable A diploma
  • noun countable The tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on, especially when used for clothing, rugs etc

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

  • noun a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
  • noun tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing
  • noun skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on

Etymologies

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sheep +‎ skin

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  • Suddenly the young man became aware that she was comatose on the sheepskin cover.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    August 2, 2008