leather

noun
leath·er | \ˈle-t͟hər \

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, 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 \ adjective

Synonyms for leather

Synonyms: Noun

fur, hide, pelt, skin

Synonyms: Verb

birch, cowhide, flagellate, flail, flog, hide, horsewhip, lash, scourge, slash, switch, 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

The perforated leather seats in the SEL are quite supple and neatly stitched — and more appealing in appearance than most of the competitors. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 To catch a bat, wear leather gloves and find a small container like a box or a large can. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health officials see uptick in bats with rabies," 3 July 2018 The touring trim has leather seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control. David Pan, USA TODAY, "2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Goes on Sale," 1 July 2018 In her cover interview with Vogue Arabia, Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud, a daughter of the late King Abdullah, is pictured looking glamorous in leather gloves and high heels. refinery29.com, "Why Women's Rights Activists Are Furious At This Vogue Cover," 1 June 2018 Driver’s seat: The leather seats afforded us in the latest model were far superior to the cloth versions in the 2011. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Change comes gradually to the Toyota Sienna," 17 May 2018 The government fully expected a conviction, and decided to seek the death penalty, but hoped to avoid a trial like O. J. Simpson’s, with its bloody footprints, its leather gloves, its preening attorneys—a media circus, a legal travesty. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Rise of the Victims’-Rights Movement," 14 May 2018 Students get to don thick leather gloves and let a Harris’ hawk, red tail hawk or barn owl land on their fists. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Suwannee County: Experience an ancient hunting art at International Falconry Academy," 6 May 2018 Rowe also gave the group a $5,000 gift certificate to STIHL to buy chains and hundreds of bandannas and leather gloves. Karina Bland, azcentral, "New statue to honor Granite Mountain Hotshots 5 years after Yarnell Hill Fire," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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 \

Kids Definition of leather

: animal skin that is prepared for use

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