- a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain.
- (lowercase) a soft, smooth leather originally made at Córdoba of goatskin but later made also of split horsehide, pigskin, etc.
- of Córdoba, Spain.
- (lowercase) designating or made of cordovan.
Origin of Cordovan
Examples from the Web for cordovan
Meanwhile the zeal of the Cordovan Christians was bearing fruit.The Moors in Spain
This boy is going to get away the favors from all the Cordovan caliphs.The Blood of the Arena
Vicente Blasco Ibez
These are best made of pigskin or cordovan leather, which is horse hide.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow
And when they came he was colouring some Cordovan leather, and gilding it.The Mabinogion
Lady Charlotte Guest
On the ground floor there was a great ballroom hung with splendid Cordovan leather.The Spell of Switzerland
Nathan Haskell Dole
- a fine leather now made principally from horsehide, isolated from the skin layers above and below it and tanned
- a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain
- of or relating to Córdoba, Spain
Word Origin and History for cordovan
1590s, "fine Spanish leather," from adjective Cordovan, from Spanish cordovan (modern cordoban), from cordovano (adj.) "of Cordova," the Spanish city, former capital of Moorish Spain; a later adoption of the same word that became cordwain (see cordwainer). The city name is from Phoenician qorteb "oil press."