Meaning of “skin” in the English Dictionary

"skin" in English

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uk /skɪn/ us /skɪn/


B1 [ C or U ] the natural outer layer that covers a person, animal, fruit, etc.:

skin cancer
Babies have soft skins.
a banana/potato skin

B1 [ C or U ] the skin of an animal that has been removed from the body, with or without the hair or fur:

Native Americans used to trade skins .
a rug made from the skin of a lion

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skin noun (LIQUID)

[ S ] a thin surface that forms on some liquids, such as paint, when they are left in the air, or others, such as heated milk, when they are left to cool

suffix uk / -skɪn/ us / -skɪn/

suffix uk / -skɪnd/ us / -skɪnd/


skinverb [ T ]

uk /skɪn/ us /skɪn/ -nn-

to remove the skin of something:

The hunters skinned the deer they had killed.
I skinned my knee (= hurt my knee by rubbing skin off it) when I fell down the steps.


(Definition of “skin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"skin" in American English

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us /skɪn/

skin noun (BODY COVER)

[ C/U ] the natural outer layer that covers a person or animal:

[ U ] He had dark, leathery skin.


[ C ] the outer covering of some fruits and vegetables:

potato skins

skin noun (SURFACE)

[ C/U ] a thin, solid surface:

[ C ] Those airplanes have titanium skins to survive the heat.


skinverb [ T ]

us /skɪn/ -nn-

skin verb [ T ] (REMOVE BODY COVER)

to remove skin from an animal, or to rub skin off a part of the body:

Bridget fell off her bike and skinned her knee.

(Definition of “skin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)