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noun [countable/uncountable] skin pronunciation in American English /skɪn/ 
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singularskin
pluralskins
  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

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    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

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

      skin color

      a skin disease

      skin cancer

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  2. 2
    the outer layer of a fruit or vegetable

    Banana skins are yellow.

    peel (off) the skin (=remove it):

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

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    1. a.
      the thin outer layer of a sausage
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    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.

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