What does Leather mean?

Definitions for Leather
ˈlɛð ərleather

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leatherverb

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

  2. leatherverb

    whip with a leather strap


  1. leatheradjective

    Of, pertaining to or made of leather; consisting of leather; as, a black leather jacket.


  1. leathernoun

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

  2. leathernoun

    A piece of the above used for polishing.

  3. leathernoun

    (colloquialism) A cricket ball or football.

  4. leathernoun

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

  5. leathernoun

    A good defensive play

    Jones showed good leather to snare that liner.

  6. leatherverb

    To cover with leather.

  7. leatherverb

    To strike forcefully.

    He leathered the ball all the way down the street.

  8. leatheradjective

    Made of leather.

  9. leatheradjective

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

  10. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leathernoun

    1 . Dressed hides of animals.

    Etymology: leðer , Saxon; leaâr, Erse.

    He was a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. 2 Kings i. 8.

    The shepherd’s homely curds,
    His cold thin drink out of his leather bottle;
    Is far beyond a prince’s delicates. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    And if two boots keep out the weather,
    What need you have two hides of leather. Matthew Prior.

    Returning sound in limb and wind,
    Except some leather lost behind. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Leather

    Leather is a strong, flexible and durable material obtained from the tanning, or chemical treatment, of animal skins and hides to prevent decay. The most common leathers come from cattle, sheep, goats, equine animals, buffalo, pigs and hogs, and aquatic animals such as seals and alligators.Leather can be used to make a variety of items, including clothing, footwear, handbags, furniture, tools and sports equipment, and lasts for decades. Leather making has been practiced for more than 7,000 years and the leading producers of leather today are China and India.Critics of tanneries claim that they engage in unsustainable practices that pose health hazards to the people and the environment near them.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leathernoun

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

  2. Leathernoun

    the skin

  3. Leatherverb

    to beat, as with a thong of leather

  4. Etymology: [OE. lether, AS. leer; akin to D. leder, ler, G. leder, OHG. ledar, Icel. ler, Sw. lder, Dan. lder.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leather

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. leather

    See LATHER.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Leather is ranked #47429 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Leather surname appeared 447 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Leather.

    91.2% or 408 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 14 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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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 for Leather »

  1. haltere

  2. lethera

  3. Tar Heel

  4. tarheel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Leather in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Leather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Leather in a Sentence

  1. Ron Vara:

    Only the Chinese can turn a leather sofa into an acid bath, a baby crib into a lethal weapon, and a cell phone battery into heart-piercing shrapnel.

  2. Ricardo Montalbán:

    soft Corinthian leather

  3. Sarah Solomon:

    It was definitely New York glamourous — the black dress, leather pants and high heels, and an hour putting on my makeup, anyone would think I had a really fun life, meeting cool people and celebrities.

  4. Furniture:

    Carlo Hofmann provide classic, designer and comfortable leather sofa, fabric sofa, high, arm, recliner and lounge chair, sofa bed, bed, TV consoles, dining table and chair, pillows, stool, bench, bedframe, coffee table and etc with high quality material at our furniture shop Carlohofmann.Com in Singapore.

  5. Ahmed Saadi:

    They come for the carpets and for the leather.

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