patent leather

noun
pat·​ent leather | \ˈpa-tᵊn(t)-, British usually ˈpā-\

Definition of patent leather 

: a leather with a hard smooth glossy surface

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Salvatore Ferragamo patent leather pumps, $575 at Saks Fifth Avenue, saksfifthavenue.com. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "9 to 5 Dressing, Updated for 2018," 10 Jan. 2018 Sies Marjan patent leather loafers, $590 at Barneys New York, barneys.com. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "9 to 5 Dressing, Updated for 2018," 10 Jan. 2018 Maggie Gyllenhaal Maggie Gyllenhaal joined in on the black pants trend by pairing a pair of skinny trousers with a strapless black sequin top and patent leather pumps. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Alison Brie and More Stars 'Literally Wear the Pants' to Show Solidarity at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2018 From the pinky ring down to the patent leather shoes but most importantly making music such a huge part of my life as a kid. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello & More Celebrate Father's Day," 17 June 2018 More: Tiffany Haddish still won't say who bit Beyonce at Turner programming reveal Making way for Mugler Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader fashioned this corset of patent leather especially for the Formation singer. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "See Beyonce's jaw-dropping, high-fashion looks from her 'On the Run II' tour with Jay-Z," 7 June 2018 That’s evident in pieces like the slick trouser-and-matching-shirt combo or their trench dress, which both use a super lightweight fabric that looks like patent leather from afar but has the heft of a trashbin liner. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Deadhead-Approved European Brand to Know," 27 Apr. 2018 In the video, Glover welcomes viewers into the fictional ship and shows off the common area, which comes equipped with patent leather upholstery, an entertainment system, light-up buttons and more. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Donald Glover Takes Us on a Tour of Lando's Millennium Falcon in New 'Star Wars' Teaser," 3 May 2018 They’re both decked in lace and patent leather, with space buns held together with chopsticks. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Nicki Minaj Freestyles With Dancer Aliya Janell in 'Chun Li' Music Video Teaser: Watch," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of patent leather

1816, in the meaning defined above

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patent leather

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English Language Learners Definition of patent leather

: a type of leather that has a hard and shiny surface

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