[ leth-er ]
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  1. the skin of an animal, with the hair removed, prepared for use by tanning or a similar process designed to preserve it against decay and make it pliable or supple when dry.

  2. an article made of this material.

  1. pertaining to, made of, or resembling leather: leather processing; leather upholstery.

  2. Slang. catering to or patronized by customers who typically wear leather clothing, often as a means of signaling interest in or preference for sadomasochistic sexual activity.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or furnish with leather.

  2. Informal. to beat with a leather strap.

Origin of leather

before 1000; Middle English lether,Old English lether- (in compounds); cognate with Dutch, German leder,Old Norse lethr, MIr lethar skin, leather, Welsh lledr,Middle Breton lezr leather

Other words from leather

  • un·der·leath·er, noun
  • un·leath·ered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for leather


/ (ˈlɛðə) /

    • a material consisting of the skin of an animal made smooth and flexible by tanning, removing the hair, etc

    • (as modifier): leather goods Related adjectives: coriaceous, leathern

  1. (plural) leather clothes, esp as worn by motorcyclists

  1. the flap of a dog's ear

  1. to cover with leather

  2. to whip with or as if with a leather strap

Origin of leather

Old English lether- (in compound words); related to Old High German leder, Old Norse lethr-

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Other Idioms and Phrases with leather


see hell-bent for leather.

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