Cordovan

[ kawr-duh-vuh n ]
/ ˈkɔr də vən /
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noun

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(lowercase) a soft, smooth leather originally made at Córdoba of goatskin but later made also of split horsehide, pigskin, etc.

adjective

of Córdoba, Spain.
(lowercase) designating or made of cordovan.

Origin of Cordovan

First recorded in 1585–95; Cordov(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for cordovan (1 of 2)

cordovan

/ (ˈkɔːdəvən) /

noun

a fine leather now made principally from horsehide, isolated from the skin layers above and below it and tanned

Word Origin for cordovan

C16: from Spanish cordobán (n), from cordobán (adj) of Córdoba 1

British Dictionary definitions for cordovan (2 of 2)

Cordovan

/ (ˈkɔːdəvən) /

noun

a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain

adjective

of or relating to Córdoba, Spain
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Word Origin and History for cordovan

cordovan


n.

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."

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