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leather

noun leath·er \ ˈle-t͟hər \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of leather

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

adjective

leatherlike

play \ˈle-t͟hər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of leather in a Sentence

  1. the company claims to use only the finest leathers for its shoes and handbags

  2. this jacket was made from real leather

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Origin and Etymology of leather

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


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leather

verb

Definition of leather

leathered; leathering play \ˈle-t͟hə-riŋ, ˈlet͟h-riŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to cover with leather
2 : to beat with a strap : thrash

Examples of leather in a Sentence

  1. an expert rider will find almost no reason to leather a horse

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First Known Use of leather

13th century


LEATHER Defined for English Language Learners

leather

noun

Definition of leather for English Language Learners

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


LEATHER Defined for Kids

leather

noun leath·er \ ˈle-t͟hər \

Definition of leather for Students

: animal skin that is prepared for use


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