Definition of leatherneck
: a member of the U.S. Marine Corps
Recent Examples of leatherneck from the Web
The US ambassador, kneeling in prayer at the accident site, apologized to the Italians, who seemed satisfied that the leathernecks would face some sort of punishment in the US.
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Origin and Etymology of leatherneck
from the leather collar formerly part of the uniform
First Known Use: 1891See Words from the same year
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