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cordwain

[kawrd-weyn]
noun Archaic.
  1. cordovan leather.
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Origin of cordwain

1350–1400; Middle English cordewan < Middle French < Spanish cordován Cordovan
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Examples from the Web for cordwain

Historical Examples

  • Cord′wainer, a worker in cordovan or cordwain: a shoemaker; Cord′wainery.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

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  • Over the stockings he wore boots of cordwain fastened on the inside, as a protection against damp.


British Dictionary definitions for cordwain

cordwain

noun
  1. an archaic name for cordovan
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Word Origin

C12 cordewan, from Old French cordoan, from Old Spanish cordovan Cordovan
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