Dictionary.com

leather

[ leth-er ]
/ ˈlɛð ər /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: leather / leathered / leathering on Thesaurus.com

noun

adjective

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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!

In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for leather

leather
/ (ˈlɛðə) /

noun

  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
Old English lether- (in compound words); related to Old High German leder, Old Norse lethr-
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with leather

leather

see hell-bent for leather.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Learn A New Word Right Now!