skin - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the outer layer of a person’s or animal’s 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 animal’s body, used for making clothing and decorations

      a leopard skin rug

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the outer layer of a fruit or vegetable
    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
    [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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