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.


  1. leather

    Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skins. It is typically produced from cattle hide but can also be made from pigs, sheep, deer, horses, kangaroos, and even from some birds and fish. It is frequently used to make a variety of items, including clothing, shoes, bags, furniture, tools, and sports equipment.

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. Rob Lea:

    When Sundance comes to town, it seems like everyone is wearing a black jacket, i don’t wear my black leather jacket very much, but I usually wear it for Sundance because it looks like I belong in the Hollywood scene, and that can make getting into places easier.

  2. Zora Bots:

    The robot itself is a metre 20 high, so it is not like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a leather jacket and an 'I will be back' robot, it is a quite nice robot and the reactions are positive for the moment.

  3. Mark Feldstein:

    I think this is the first big war in the digital age that has galvanized Americans' attention, and there's a quantum leap in the toys and tools journalists are using since the last big American war in 2003 in Iraq, but all of this sophisticated technology still relies on the basic journalistic values of accuracy, verification, and fairness. Journalists still gather news piece by piece, often through dogged shoe leather reporting, interviewing witnesses, sifting through information, questioning, it, testing it, authenticating it — and then summarizing, synthesizing and analyzing it all in a clear and concise way to keep the public informed.

  4. Jim Radford:

    The subtleties of this, I think, are probably lost from a distance, if there isn’t an industry for kangaroo leather and kangaroo meat, kangaroos are still going to be shot, I promise you. Landholders are still going to shoot kangaroos and it’s going to be a worse animal welfare outcome than if it was done in a regulated, controlled manner.

  5. European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom:

    We are basically tearing down all customs duties immediately on some cheeses like Gouda and cheddar and on wine and there will also be elimination of tariffs for other things that have been very expensive to buy from Japan but also very expensive to export to Japan, shoes, clothes, leather, wood products, etc.

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