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patent leather

[pat-nt, pat-n or, esp. British, peyt-nt] /ˈpæt nt, ˈpæt n or, esp. British, ˈpeɪt nt/
a hard, glossy, smooth leather, used especially in shoes and accessories.
Origin of patent leather
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As he did so, the grappling hook caught hold of Dot's belt of patent leather that fastened her heavy coat about the waist.

  • Mine was covered with patent leather and mounted with silver.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • In fact, it is the only patent leather made that is not air-tight.

    The Story of Leather Sara Ware Bassett
  • Slippers should either match the gown in color, or be of patent leather.

  • His top hat was unmistakably French, with a flat rim, and his boots were of patent leather.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • Nursing one small foot, in a silk sock and a patent leather shoe, on his knee, he was immensely entertained.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • He wore a dress-suit with a white waistcoat and patent leather pumps—what a wonder!

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • No one had anything to say about the symphony; everybody was fully informed concerning the patent leather episode.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • patent leather boots and kid gloves are rarely worn by practical geologists.

British Dictionary definitions for patent leather

patent leather

leather or imitation leather processed with lacquer to give a hard glossy surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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