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 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


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

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 Unfortunately, those surfaces not covered in leather or carbon are rendered in dull black plastic. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Is More Than Just a Beauty, It's an All-Around Charmer," 23 June 2020 Frye — the leather goods company best known for its beloved boots — topped the list for the second year in a row. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Got these brands in your closet? You've hit a resale goldmine," 23 June 2020 Made from 100% leather, the rich tones complement work pants and blazers for days that require a little extra polish. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop one-day deals on Adidas, Cole Haan and Levi’s at Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 22 June 2020 This versatile quartz stainless steel style is 45mm with a leather band and a three-hand analog display. NBC News, "Amazon Big Style Sale 2020: Best deals on clothes, shoes and more," 22 June 2020 Before Barr released his statement, Berman pointedly showed up to work Saturday, arriving at his office in lower Manhattan carrying a brown leather briefcase and clad in a blue suit. Katie Benner, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump personally fires US attorney who investigated his associates," 20 June 2020 Now animal welfare advocates are focusing on leather and wool production. Candace Famiglietti, The Conversation, "Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade," 19 June 2020 Danish designer Jakob Wagoner is responsible for the sleek layout of these swanky headphones, which pair great noise cancellation and deep bass output with a leather and aluminum frame. Popular Science, "Over-the-ear headphones to immerse you in high-quality sound," 19 June 2020 There’s a Craftsman's Valley where artisans make things like leather goods, candles, and pottery using old-fashioned methods. Julie Tremaine, Travel + Leisure, "I Went to Dollywood on Opening Day — Here's What It Was Like," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gourmet kitchen is designed around gorgeous counters of leathered quartzite and Caesarstone with an additional walnut butcher block. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Luxury new construction in Lafayette’s Happy Valley," 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, "For sale: There’s room at the top in these Randolph and Norwell homes," 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, "Chelsea Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 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, "Cheerful Chimps: Are Animals Really Happy When They Smile?," 31 May 2019 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

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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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26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Leather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leather. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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