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


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

Definition of leather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from leather


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

Synonyms for leather

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stormi then nods, before the video cuts to her dancing and jumping along with Scott's songs while wearing a leather jacket and red noise-canceling earphones. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2022 And next to it was a black leather jacket which was oddly coincidental to what Aubrey was last seen wearing. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 10 Aug. 2022 The plaintiffs are demanding that the court order the retailer to stop selling kangaroo leather shoes and to reimburse the animal welfare groups for their legal fees. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2022 Affleck was in a gray suit and leather shoes, wearing his button-down shirt without a tie, while Lopez wore a long floral print gown with bell sleeves that brushed the ground, carrying a small gold purse in one hand. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 25 July 2022 Wearing a white face mask beneath his shaved head and ankle chains above shiny leather shoes, Murdaugh, 54, made his first court appearance in Colleton County since being indicted in the murder case last week. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 Wearing a white face mask beneath his shaved head and ankle chains above shiny leather shoes, the 54-year-old Murdaugh made his first court appearance in Colleton County since being indicted in the murder case last week. Russ Bynum, ajc, 20 July 2022 Harry would sprint up Cathcart in his patent-leather work shoes, make the right onto Braddock and sprint to his house at the end of the lane. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 June 2022 Long silver spikes studded the edge of both his blazer and his trousers, and his black leather shoes were also dotted with silver details. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Shinola attaches to the seat of its Runwell bicycle; and even leather with Shinola’s trademark whiskey scent. Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Puddle pants come in all sorts of materials, from denim to leather to trousers and, of course, loungewear-ready fabrics like cashmere and Pima cotton. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, 10 Mar. 2021 Apple's MagSafe system helps snap the iPhone 12 models right into place on their wireless charging docks, and also enables a whole new series of accessories that can easily snap on, from silicone cases to leather wallets. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 13 Oct. 2020 The gourmet kitchen is designed around gorgeous counters of leathered quartzite and Caesarstone with an additional walnut butcher block. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, 23 Sep. 2019 From the mahogany deck in back, enter into a stunning kitchen with a dining nook, painted hardwood floors, leathered granite counters, and a six-burner range with a double oven. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2019 Following this, against Norwich, he was composed and clinic when finding space in the box leathering home his second goal for the club. SI.com, 8 Sep. 2019 Behind the scenes, a trainer is waving his electric cattle prod or leather whip to make clear what will happen if the animals fail to obey. Frans De Waal, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2019 Some of the more popular ones are polished, honed and leathered. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of leather


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for leather


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

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“Leather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leather. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of leather

: animal skin that is prepared for use

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