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

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 The living room, where the adults gathered, had leather sofas and Lladro ornaments. Carmel Mc Mahon, Longreads, "Brigid, Magdalene, My Mother, and Me," 13 Nov. 2019 Either would buy a thousand bucks Bluetooth speakers but will wary of Rs7,000 leather shoes. Abhik Choudhury, Quartz India, "A dummies guide to running brand campaigns on TikTok in India," 11 Nov. 2019 The aggressive gunmetal front grille is unique, as well as the Parchment Nappa leather seating, authentic Japanese Sen wood and gilded UltraSuede accents on the doors and dash. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Mazda6 sedan gets updates for 2019, including advanced safety technology," 9 Nov. 2019 For the ceremony, the reality star and beauty mogul wore a denim-on-denim look with bright blue leather chaps. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wore Skin-Tight Leather Chaps to an Award Ceremony," 7 Nov. 2019 Eckhart gets to strut about in a leather flying jacket and look awesome. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘Midway’ turns World War II battle into a cartoon," 7 Nov. 2019 The kitchen opens to the family room and features black Viking appliances, an island, leather detailing and pantry space. chicagotribune.com, "Lake Forest home east of Sheridan Road: $3.8M," 6 Nov. 2019 The room has a leather ceiling and brass accents, and an antique flask collection amassed from Chinese flea markets. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Drinking in Abu Dhabi: A Definitive Guide," 5 Nov. 2019 The real intrigue comes from Styles’ cheeky stare as a black leather-gloved hand reaches out to the rocker from the bottom left corner of the frame. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Harry Styles announces his new album title and release date, gives fans a peek at the cover," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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16 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for leather

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

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More Definitions for leather

leather

noun
How to pronounce leather (audio)

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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