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noun skin pronunciation in British English /skɪn/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the outer layer of a persons or animals body
    She has beautiful soft skin.
    Most snakes shed their skin several times a year.
    fair/dark/olive skin: I have fair skin that burns very easily.
    dry/oily/sensitive skin: a lotion specially designed for oily skin
    skin peels (=falls off gradually in small pieces): I got sunburnt and now my skin is peeling.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to or affecting your skin
      skin colour
      a skin disease
      skin cancer
    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] the outer layer cut from an animals body, used for making clothing and decorations
      a leopard skin rug
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the outer layer of a fruit or vegetable
    Banana skins are yellow.
    1. 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
    [countable/uncountable] the outer layer of something, for example a plane or boat
  4. 4
    [countable] British very informal a skinhead


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