Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The skin of a sheep either tanned with the fleece left on or in the form of leather or parchment.
  • n. Informal A diploma.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The skin of a sheep, especially when used to make parchment or in bookbinding
  • n. A diploma
  • n. The tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on, especially when used for clothing, rugs etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The skin of a sheep; or, leather prepared from it.
  • n. A diploma; -- so called because usually written or printed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The skin of a sheep; especially, such a skin dressed or preserved with the wool on, and used as a garment in many parts of Europe, as by peasants, shepherds, etc.
  • n. Leather made from the skin of a sheep. See sheep, 2.
  • n. A diploma, deed, or the like engrossed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
  • n. tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing
  • n. skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on

Etymologies

sheep +‎ skin (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Suddenly the young man became aware that she was comatose on the sheepskin cover.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    August 2, 2008