leather

noun
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

leather

verb
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

Noun

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

Synonyms for leather

Synonyms: Noun

hide, skin

Synonyms: Verb

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

Vogueworld Kendall Jenner Does a New Take on This Rockstar Pant There’s nothing more rock ‘n’ roll than a good leather pant. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Does a New Take on This Rockstar Pant," 15 May 2019 Some of the most notable attributes to the home are the gorgeous backyard pool, three walk-in closets, a movie theater room, and of course (my all-time favorite) the swinging leather couch in the living room. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Kaley Cuoco’s California Villa Has the Indoor Swing Sofa of Our Dreams—And It’s On the Market," 9 May 2019 Wicker PK22 chairs by Poul Kjaerholm and a vintage leather stool by Poul Hundevad add texture and character to the space. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: See Where Two Top Designers Bring Their Big Ideas to Life," 3 May 2019 Kylie Jenner Leave it to Kylie Jenner to make red leather pants look casual. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and More Incredible Fashion Moments From this Weekend," 11 Mar. 2019 Watch Virgil Abloh's First Louis Vuitton Men's Fashion Show Right Here BERTRAND GUAY The Off-White designer's big debut for the French leather goods juggernaut is finally here. Matt Sebra, GQ, "Watch Virgil Abloh's First Louis Vuitton Men's Fashion Show Right Here," 21 June 2018 Made with premium Nappa leather and impact-resistant polycarbonate, this case will protect your precious pair of AirPods securely and in style, as well as keep your hands preoccupied. Popular Mechanics, "This AirPods Case Is Also a Fidget Spinner," 11 Apr. 2019 Outerwear and skirts may come in leather or macintosh, but those materials are sometimes paired with softer ones, like layers of organza in the case of one eye-catching slit skirt. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Plan C, the New Label From the Family Behind Marni, Is the Coolest Thing to Come out of Milan," 27 Feb. 2019 Acura has gone almost all-in on the premium luxury feel with the Advance package, with no shortage of leather and wood trim. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 How to pronounce leather (audio) \

Kids Definition of leather

: animal skin that is prepared for use

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