Definition of skin house in US English:

skin house


  • 1A building used for storing animal skins and furs. In later use chiefly historical.

  • 2A house or tent made of animal hide covering a framework; especially a tepee used by North American Indians; = skin lodge. Now chiefly historical.

  • 3A corrupt or illicit gambling establishment, a gambling den. Now chiefly historical.

  • 4An establishment providing pornographic entertainment; specifically a cinema showing pornographic films.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Bartram (1739–1823), botanist and ornithologist. Partly from skin + house, and partly from skin + house.


skin house

/ˈskɪn haʊs/