leather

noun
leath·​er | \ ˈle-t͟hər How to pronounce leather (audio) \

Definition of leather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : animal skin dressed for use
2 : the flap of the ear of a dog — see dog illustration
3 : something wholly or partly made of leather

leather

verb
leathered; leathering\ ˈle-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce leathering (audio) , ˈlet͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of leather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with leather
2 : to beat with a strap : thrash

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Other Words from leather

Noun

leather adjective
leatherlike \ ˈle-​t͟hər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce leatherlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for leather

Synonyms: Noun

hide, skin

Synonyms: Verb

birch, cowhide, flagellate, flail, flog, hide, horsewhip, lash, rawhide, scourge, slash, switch, tan, thrash, whale, whip

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Examples of leather in a Sentence

Noun

the company claims to use only the finest leathers for its shoes and handbags this jacket was made from real leather

Verb

an expert rider will find almost no reason to leather a horse
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These bags mirror the real thing, from soft, supple faux suede to smooth or pebbled faux leather. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Ethical Clothing Brands Out There," 5 Mar. 2019 But the seat and steering wheel adjustments are manual here, the stereo system is simpler, and the seats are cloth, not leather. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I'll Be Damned, the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Is Actually Here," 28 Feb. 2019 When Maison opens on February 26, members of the women’s coworking club will check in at a blond-wood reception desk in front of a dusky pink leather wall. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "With Maison, Park Avenue Moms Gets a Club of Their Own," 26 Feb. 2019 Balance the playfulness with simple white VEDDINGE doors and ÖSTERNÄS leather pulls. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 The result was a resplendent red wonderland with leather couches, velvet curtains, chandeliers, and Gucci wallpaper. Vogue, "These Are the 6 Gucci-Approved Places to Travel in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 Loughry returned the desk and a green leather couch owned by the state in late 2017 after media inquiries about their whereabouts. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Closing arguments set in W.Va. justice’s criminal trial," 9 Oct. 2018 The color palette tends to lean toward dark, with rich leather couches and heavy wood or iron furniture, and vintage is always incorporated. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Industrial Design," 1 Oct. 2018 The leather couch stuck to my skin, made noises beneath me. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan's daughter, says she's sexual assault survivor in op-ed defending Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of the more popular ones are polished, honed and leathered. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "Countertops Limited Only by Your Budget and Imagination," 26 Dec. 2018 With no hesitation, the right back gallops up to the ball, before leathering it with untethered power back across the goal and into the corner. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 12 Weeks to Go - The Goal That Defined the Legendary 1970 Brazil Team," 1 Apr. 2018 As the half ticked on Zinedine Zidane's side's frustrations began to surface, but the 12-time kings of Europe levelled things up three minutes before the break, as Ronaldo leathered home from 12 yards to mark his 110th Champions League goal. SI.com, "Spurs Grind Out Well Deserved Draw on Disappointing Night for Real Madrid," 17 Oct. 2017 Leather purses sell for as little as $70 and handbags are available for $95. Elizabeth Paton And Chad Bray, New York Times, "Michael Kors to Buy Jimmy Choo in $1.2 Billion Deal," 25 July 2017 Made of everything from silk to shells and beads to leather the handbag collection was donated by Jean Nemer who collected them over the years. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego purse exhibit has women's history in the bag," 9 June 2017 Em Son is a thin, one-legged man with sun-leathered skin. Matthew M. Burke, Newsweek, "The Truth About the Lost Marines of the Vietnam War's Last Battle," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of leather

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for leather

Noun

Middle English lether, from Old English lether-; akin to Old High German leder leather, Old Irish lethar

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The first known use of leather was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for leather

leather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leather

: animal skin that is chemically treated to preserve it and that is used in making clothes, shoes, furniture, etc.

leather

noun
leath·​er | \ ˈle-t͟hər How to pronounce leather (audio) \

Kids Definition of leather

: animal skin that is prepared for use

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