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

Many participants today show up with greased hair, black leather jackets and vintage dresses (albeit with more tattoos than their ’50s counterparts). Smithsonian, "Take a Trip to America’s Hot Rod Heaven," 10 July 2019 Notable deals include Cult Gaia's Acrylic Ark clutch ($224, originally $320), a Solid & Striped terry bathing suit ($85, originally $170), and Ganni leather ankle boots ($167, originally $475). Elaheh Nozari, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best 4th of July Sales to Shop This Weekend," 3 July 2019 At the pitch fair, McGinnis wears the Silicon Valley entrepreneur uniform of jeans, a black T-shirt, and black leather biker boots. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This former playwright aims to turn solar and wind power into gasoline," 3 July 2019 One woman burned sage while another in thigh-high leather boots gave massages, airport-style. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics," 8 June 2019 Between Vespa competitions that are awarded with trophies, rock and reggae blare interchangeably as Converse sneakers, leather boots, and tattoos propel a sea of youth into the air—their bodies lost in a sea of music. Muhammad Fadli, National Geographic, "See the wild, customized creations of Indonesia’s ‘rebel riders’," 4 Apr. 2019 The results are on view in several vibrant color photographs of Kahlo. Prosthetic leg with leather boot Photo: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ Review: Searching for the Artist," 9 Feb. 2019 Sophie wore a velvet black shirt with a gold design and a tie-front waist, a gray miniskirt, black leather thigh-high boots, and a gray handbag. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Make Red Carpet Debut as a Couple," 3 Oct. 2018 Turner wore a velvet black shirt with a gold design and a tie-front waist, a gray miniskirt, black leather thigh-high boots, and a gray handbag. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Just Made Their Red Carpet Debut as a Couple," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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More Definitions for leather

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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