an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
whip with a leather strap
Of, pertaining to or made of leather; consisting of leather; as, a black leather jacket.
A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.
A piece of the above used for polishing.
(colloquialism) A cricket ball or football.
(plural: leathers) clothing made from the skin of animals, often worn by motorcycle riders.
A good defensive play
Jones showed good leather to snare that liner.
To cover with leather.
To strike forcefully.
He leathered the ball all the way down the street.
Made of leather.
Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.
Origin: leþer, from leþran (compare West Frisian leare, leder, Leder, Swedish läder), from *letrom (compare lledr, lethar), from pre-Celtic *péltrom, from pel- 'to beat'. More at anvil.
the skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed for use; also, dressed hides, collectively
to beat, as with a thong of leather
Origin: [OE. lether, AS. leer; akin to D. leder, ler, G. leder, OHG. ledar, Icel. ler, Sw. lder, Dan. lder.]
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by the tanning of animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. It can be produced through manufacturing processes ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
leth′ėr, n. the prepared skin of an animal, tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed.—adj. consisting of leather.—ns. Leath′er-cloth, a textile fabric coated on one face with certain mixtures of a flexible nature when dry, so as to resemble leather—called also American leather-cloth, or simply American cloth; Leath′er-coat (Shak.), an apple with a rough coat or rind, the golden russet; Leatherette′, cloth or paper made to look like leather; Leath′er-head, a blockhead: an Australian bird with a bare head—called also Monk and Friar: Leath′ering, a thrashing; Leath′er-jack′et, one of various fishes; Leath′er-knife, a knife of curved form for cutting leather.—adj. Leath′ern, made or consisting of leather.—p.adj. Leath′er-winged (Spens.), having wings like leather.—adj. Leath′ery, resembling leather: tough.—Fair leather, leather not artificially coloured; Morocco leather (see Morocco); Patent leather, leather with a finely varnished surface—also Japanned or Lacquered leather; Russia leather, a fine brownish-red leather with a characteristic odour; Split leather, leather split by a machine, for trunk-covers, &c.; White leather, tawed leather, having its natural colour. [A.S. leðer, leather; Dut. and Ger. leder.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'leather' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3819
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'leather' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3440
Rank popularity for the word 'leather' in Nouns Frequency: #1511
The numerical value of leather in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of leather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
soft Corinthian leather
Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.
People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.
Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket.
The out-of-work actor wears out more than shoe leather. The very sensibilities that make him an artist are shattered by the disregard he is shown as a human being.
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Translations for leather
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- cuirCatalan, Valencian
- kůže, koženýCzech
- кожаOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- læder-, læderDanish
- ledo, ledaEsperanto
- چرمی, چرمPersian
- nahkakuula, nahka, nahkavaatteet, säämiskä, nahkainenFinnish
- leður, leður-Faroese
- odinis, odaLithuanian
- leren, leder, leerDutch
- akałNavajo, Navaho
- bashkweginOjibwe, Ojibwa
- skóra, skórzanyPolish
- [[de]] [[couro]], couroPortuguese
- piele de animal, pieleRomanian
- кожа, кожаныйRussian
- koža, kožni, кожни, кожаSerbo-Croatian
- koža, koženýSlovak
- usnjen, usnjeSlovene
- da thuộcVietnamese
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