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noun [countable/uncountable]     skin pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    the outer layer of a person’s or animal’s body

    She has beautiful soft skin.

    A dog’s skin is covered with fur.

    Most snakes shed their skin several times a year.

    fair/dark/olive skin:

    I have fair skin that burns very easily.

    skin peels (=falls off gradually in small pieces):

    I got sunburnt and now my skin is peeling.

    dry/oily/sensitive skin:

    a lotion specially designed for oily skin

    1. a.
      the outer layer cut from an animal’s body, used for making clothing and decorations

      Some hunters decorate their homes with the skins of the animals they’ve killed.

      a leopard skin rug

    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to or affecting your skin

      skin color

      a skin disease

      skin cancer

  2. 2
    the outer layer of a fruit or vegetable
    peel (off) the skin (=remove it):

    Either wash your fruit or peel off its skin before you eat it.

    1. a.
      the thin outer layer of a sausage
    2. b.
      a thin layer that forms on top of a liquid such as milk or soup when it becomes cold after being hot

      Cover the custard to prevent a skin forming as it cools.

  3. 3
    the outer layer of something, for example an airplane or boat
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