leath·​er·​neck ˈle-t͟hər-ˌnek How to pronounce leatherneck (audio)
: a member of the U.S. Marine Corps

Examples of leatherneck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As is the case in many high-pressure situations, leathernecks will be among the first to step off Monday with the U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard followed by the Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2023 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, 11 Jan. 2017 The leathernecks are from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112. CBS News, 26 June 2017

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Word History


from the leather collar formerly part of the uniform

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 3 Mar. 2024.

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leath·​er·​neck ˈlet͟h-ər-ˌnek How to pronounce leatherneck (audio)
: a member of the U.S. Marine Corps

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