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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Musk, dressed in a leather jacket and black jeans, said after driving one of the cars onstage after taking it for a spin around the test track. Fortune, 11 June 2021 Will Hunting Oscar winner was pictured in a black leather jacket and black protective face mask. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 4 June 2021 Meanwhile, Affleck appeared dapper in a leather jacket, black jeans, and crisp white sneakers. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2021 For accessories, the model went for a witchy square-toe boot, a gold necklace, and leather jacket. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 10 May 2021 The beautiful duo are pictured hand-in-hand, and a young Paltrow wears a leather jacket. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2021 The lanky singer, perennially clad in shades, black leather jacket, frayed jeans and sneakers, formed the Queens quartet in 1974 and surfaced on the punk scene two years later as the genre's prototype, a loud, proud geek rebel. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 Pair them with a blouse and denim or leather jacket to complete the ensemble. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2021 Quite a contrast with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Jim's fellow secret agent, a walking smirk whose leather jacket shines brighter than his hair gel. Darren Franich, EW.com, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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, 1 Apr. 2018

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

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15 Jun 2021

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“Leather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leather. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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.


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

Kids Definition of leather

: animal skin that is prepared for use


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