cord·​wain ˈkȯrd-ˌwān How to pronounce cordwain (audio)
: cordovan leather

Word History


Middle English cordewan, cordewayn, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from medieval Spanish cordobán cordovan entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cordwain was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cordwain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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