leath·​er·​neck | \ ˈle-t͟hər-ˌnek How to pronounce leatherneck (audio) \

Definition of leatherneck

: a member of the U.S. Marine Corps

Examples of leatherneck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The depot's streets are named for sites of historic leatherneck sacrifice and triumph: Yorktown Street and Cuba Street and Boulevard de France. Alex French, Esquire, "The Mysterious Death of a Muslim Marine Recruit," 11 Jan. 2017 The leathernecks are from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112. CBS News, "2 Marines badly burned in explosion on U.S. base," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of leatherneck

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leatherneck

from the leather collar formerly part of the uniform

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The first known use of leatherneck was in 1891

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“Leatherneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leatherneck. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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