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

And now, Tesla has taken the leather out of the Model 3. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Tesla’s Model 3 interior is now completely leather-free," 3 Sep. 2019 New Balance starts with the leather and the newest addition to the factory floor, a numerical control cutting machine from Italian manufacturer Comelz. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making a New Balance Sneaker," 23 Aug. 2019 Now the company is also selling plenty that dispense with the leather entirely. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Dr. Martens has a thriving business in vegan boots," 13 Aug. 2019 Go for fabrics at least one millimeter thick; suede, velvet, leather and leatherette are stylish options for absorbing excess noise. Eustacia Huen, Twin Cities, "Can’t sleep? You probably need to make these changes.," 9 Aug. 2019 But leather has always been the most prized byproduct. Lydia Mulvany, Fortune, "There’s a Cowhide Glut, As Americans Devour Beef and Leather Falls Out of Fashion," 9 Aug. 2019 All the arapaima leather Heinrich found on eBay originated in Brazil. Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic, "Cowboy boots sold in the U.S. fueled the decline of pangolins," 24 July 2019 The air was rough—leaves and twigs that had snapped in gusts whipped at our faces and the leather of the open seats. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?," 22 July 2019 The leather comes from countries such as Germany and South Korea. High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "Oregon shoe companies big and small step up green initiatives," 19 July 2019

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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