Definition of bearskin in English:



  • 1The pelt of a bear, especially when used as a rug or wrap.

    as modifier ‘a white bearskin rug’
    • ‘I just wish he would lose the bearskin in the process.’
    • ‘The Indian also was wearing a bearskin and was rolled up inside a buffalo robe - and he was plainly alive because every now and then there was a puff of steam from somewhere inside the mound of furs.’
    • ‘Control of the comedy's timing is now in the hands of an editor, and few editors are as funny as Buster Keaton in a bearskin wielding a knobbly club.’
    • ‘Cassandra takes out a small wooded box from her bearskin saddlebag.’
    • ‘The stove door was wide open, the fire inside throwing light and heat upon the massive bearskin lying before it.’
    • ‘Though relatively sturdy, the synthetic bearskin is unpleasant to touch and too thick to close easily once opened.’
    • ‘Flinging himself down in the chair next to me, the large one with the bearskin, and he buried his head into his hands.’
    • ‘Carl had a heavy bearskin coat and he wrapped it around them both.’
    • ‘There were various trinkets all over the room, as well as a bearskin rug on the floor.’
    • ‘Its guitars are often Mountain-sized, after all, and a tour featuring people in bearskin cloaks wouldn't be out of the realm of the expected.’
    • ‘Rhyll pushed open the door and led the others into a large room decorated with stags antlers, bearskins, spears, and other artefacts reflecting the hunter/warrior culture of the Kingdom's northernmost tribes.’
    • ‘After promising their customers to deliver the paid-for bearskins, these middlemen would hope that the near-future purchase price of the skins from the trappers would decrease from the current market price.’
    • ‘Let me put on a D' Angelo CD, and I will pull you close, and we'll slow-dance on my white bearskin rug.’
    • ‘During warm months the Ojibwa slept on cedar bough mattresses, each person wrapped in a bearskin or deerskin robe.’
    • ‘The Sathe commander gestured at the impressive bearskin rug lying in front of the hearth.’
    • ‘Sarah sat gloomily on the bearskin rug in front of the fire in the lesser hall.’
    • ‘I don't believe there is a significant change in human behavior since we ran around in bearskins.’
    • ‘They sneak over the border with something they have taken from the Naga or Kachin tribes - a bearskin shield, a wooden mask - and trade it for salt.’
    • ‘He wore a bearskin coat, with the head and paws still intact.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, while speeding down the stairs, Lowtax caught his bearskin coat on a gold-plated handrail statue and was flung over the protective barriers, flying headfirst into the bushes.’
    rug, runner, carpet, drugget
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    1. 1.1 A tall cap of black fur worn ceremonially by certain troops, such as the Guards in the British army.
      • ‘You should really know your bearskin from your busby.’
      • ‘Nowadays, when out in public, Sir Elton's lush and expensive head of hair reminds you of the bearskin helmets of the Queen's Guard.’
      • ‘The 411 ft Sir Percivale appears in an online ‘warehouse’ including uniforms, dental supplies, light aircraft and a £150 guardsman's bearskin, all being sold by the cash-strapped armed forces.’
      • ‘A proper Coldstream Guard, complete with red coat, bearskin, mirror-polished boots and semi-automatic rifle.’
      • ‘Although the obligatory Yorkshire pudding (Siebeck's bracketed description of this as a sort of Danish pastry has left us shell-shocked - ed.) seems as antiquated as the bearskins worn by the Royal guards.’
      • ‘As the horse-drawn carriages entered Buckingham Palace, the Scots Guard band, dressed in their famous red tunics and bearskin head-dresses, triumphantly blasted out the Russian and British national anthems.’
      • ‘The Queen came passed in an open carriage accompanied by the Duke in full uniform with huge bearskin.’
      • ‘These foreigners come here, drop notes of assignation into sentries' top-boots, pin fivers on to guardsmen's bearskins.’
      • ‘He sits on a bench and brushes his bearskin with the rough affection of a man for his dog.’
      • ‘Soldiers in their striking red tunics and bearskins march past its door for the changing of the guard ceremony and the castle entrance is only a two-minute walk away up Castle Hill.’
      • ‘But the move away from an institution established in 1815, when Wellington's troops took the bearskins from the heads of their defeated French opponents at Waterloo, risks upsetting traditionalists across Britain and around the world.’
      • ‘As usual, the ceremonial of the Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards, who formed the Guard of Honour in scarlet tunics and black bearskins, was immaculate.’
      • ‘Guardsmen, standing well over 6ft tall in their black bearskins, never flinched in the face of the mini-enemy.’
      • ‘Normally, the glossier, smoother pelts from female bears are used for officers' bearskins, while other ranks are given hats made from the rougher pelt of the male animals.’
      • ‘Two Grenadier guardsmen from the Windsor barracks will be in full scarlet uniform, complete with trademark bearskin headgear.’
      • ‘The palace was floodlit, a full-size Royal Standard, usually reserved for state occasions, was flying and guardsmen in bearskins were on sentry duty.’
      • ‘Guards of honour in their black bearskin head gear and long, blue-grey coats stood to attention facing the presidential party.’
      • ‘At its four corners, four Welsh guards in bearskins and red tunics stood motionless.’
      • ‘The photo in your story shows a Grenadier guard wearing a bearskin.’
      • ‘Complete with bearskin, he reaches 9ft and cannot fit into the Royal sentry boxes, meaning he has to be replaced by a shorter soldier when it rains.’