Definitions for leatherˈlɛð ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

leath•erˈlɛð ər(n.)

  1. the skin of an animal with the hair removed and prepared by tanning or a similar process to preserve it and make it pliable or supple when dry.

    Category: Clothing

  2. an article made of this material.

  3. (adj.)pertaining to, made of, or resembling leather.

  4. Slang. designating or pertaining to a person who wears leather clothing as a sign of rough masculinity, esp. a homosexual. catering to such persons:

    gay leather bars.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  5. (v.t.)to cover or furnish with leather.

  6. Informal. to beat with a leather strap.

Origin of leather:

bef. 1000; ME lether, OE lether-, c. OS lethar, OHG ledar, ON lethr, MIr lethar

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leather(verb)

    an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning

  2. leather(verb)

    whip with a leather strap

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. leather(noun)ˈɛðɚ

    material used to make shoes, belts, etc. made from the skin of an animal

    a brown leather bag


  1. leather(Noun)

    A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.

  2. leather(Noun)

    A piece of the above used for polishing.

  3. leather(Noun)

    (colloquialism) A cricket ball or football.

  4. leather(Noun)

    (plural: leathers) clothing made from the skin of animals, often worn by motorcycle riders.

  5. leather(Noun)

    A good defensive play

    Jones showed good leather to snare that liner.

  6. leather(Verb)

    To cover with leather.

  7. leather(Verb)

    To strike forcefully.

    He leathered the ball all the way down the street.

  8. leather(Adjective)

    Made of leather.

  9. leather(Adjective)

    Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.

  10. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leather(noun)

    the skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed for use; also, dressed hides, collectively

  2. Leather(noun)

    the skin

  3. Leather(verb)

    to beat, as with a thong of leather


  1. Leather

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leather' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3819

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leather' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3440

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leather' in Nouns Frequency: #1511

Anagrams of leather

  1. Tar Heel

  2. haltere

  3. lethera

Translations for leather

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) the skin of an animal prepared for making clothes, luggage etc

shoes made of leather; a leather jacket/case.

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