Definition of kidskin in US English:



  • Leather made from the skin of a young goat.

    as modifier ‘a pair of black kidskin gloves’
    • ‘Blood soaked kidskin gloves were peeled off and discarded, new gloves produced from a pocket and slipped onto milk-white hands.’
    • ‘Young men preferred bare legs made possible by wearing short skirts, especially those made from kidskin (lambskin or goatskin) because of its smooth hairs.’
    • ‘The dress had been delivered to her, along with gloves in cream silk, embroidered kidskin slippers, a silk and tortoiseshell fan, and a tortoiseshell hairgrip in the shape of a butterfly.’
    • ‘And you know that lady has a closet full of drying kidskins.’
    • ‘Her boots and gloves were of softest kidskin, and a belt encircled her waist from which hung a deadly, but less heavy version of her master's broadsword.’


Mid 17th century: from kid + skin.