[ leth-er ]
/ ˈlɛð ər /



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.

verb (used with object)

to cover or furnish with leather.
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


un·der·leath·er, nounun·leath·ered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for leather

/ (ˈlɛðə) /


  1. a material consisting of the skin of an animal made smooth and flexible by tanning, removing the hair, etc
  2. (as modifier)leather goods Related adjectives: coriaceous, leathern
(plural) leather clothes, esp as worn by motorcyclists
the flap of a dog's ear

verb (tr)

to cover with leather
to whip with or as if with a leather strap

Word Origin for leather

Old English lether- (in compound words); related to Old High German leder, Old Norse lethr-
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Idioms and Phrases with leather


see hell-bent for leather.

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