- 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.
- an article made of this material.
- stirrup leather.
- pertaining to, made of, or resembling leather: leather processing; leather upholstery.
- 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.
- to cover or furnish with leather.
- Informal. to beat with a leather strap.
Origin of leather
Examples from the Web for leather
With every stroke, her leather boot creaked under the weight of her leg.
She tugged on the black rope that wrapped around his thighs and torso, her leather gloves creaking with each adjustment.
I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather.
Poking out of the shiny gold pages is a “distinctive silk marker”—also gold—which “complements the color of the leather.”
“Now get on your knees and crawl,” he demanded with the slap of a leather horse crop against the palm of his hand.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Round this a piece of leather is stretched and dressed with emery.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Everybody else said that Dozier was the best man that ever pulled a gun out of leather.Way of the Lawless
My companion paused, drumming on the leather covering of his chair.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
As for furs and leather and lumber, no other town in the colonies compared with Albany.In the Valley
When they are cold, tie up the jar; covering the cork with leather.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- 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
- (plural) leather clothes, esp as worn by motorcyclists
- the flap of a dog's ear
- to cover with leather
- to whip with or as if with a leather strap
Word Origin and History for leather
Old English leðer (in compounds only) "hide, skin, leather," from Proto-Germanic *lethran (cf. Old Norse leðr, Old Frisian lether, Old Saxon lethar, Middle Dutch, Dutch leder, Old High German ledar, German leder), from PIE *letro- "leather" (cf. Old Irish lethar, Welsh lledr, Breton lezr). As an adjective from early 14c.; it acquired a secondary sense of "sado-masochistic" 1980s, having achieved that status in homosexual jargon in the 1970s.
Idioms and Phrases with leather
see hell-bent for leather.